A fake “math test” that’s circulated the Internet since the 90s has landed one Mobile County teacher on administrative leave after it’s inappropriate subject matter caused outrage among parents.
As Fox 10 reported earlier today, the parent of an 8th-grade student at Burns Middle School described a 10-question test given to her son as “racist” and “clearly offensive.”
The questionnaire, which has been shared under the name “The L.A. Math Test” in previous iterations, includes 10 mathematical word problems with highly questionable subject matter, like weapons, drugs, prostitution and sex. According to the fact-checking website snopes.com, some version of the “test has been part of online lore since at least 1993.”
“Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in his gang. There are 20 girls in the gang. What percentage of the girls in the gang has Tyrone knocked up?” one question asked.
Another read, “Raul wants to cut the pound of cocaine he bought for $40,000 to make a 20% profit. How many one ounce bags will he need to make to obtain the 20% profit?”While many on social media thought early reports of the test might have been a teen playing a prank, Mobile County Public School officials have confirmed to Lagniappe that the “exercise was given out in class” by a Burns Middle School teacher last week.
MCPSS spokeswoman Rena Philips said the school system first learned of the issue after a student took a picture of the test on his cell phone. The student’s parent then brought the photo to the school and spoke to the principal about the issue on Tuesday.
“A parent came and talked to the principal today over some concerns that the exercise was given out in class,” Philips said. “The principal checked it out, and then we investigated it further, and a teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave. Other than that, we don’t comment on personnel matters.”
Philips said she couldn’t identify the teacher, but pictures of the test circulating on social media indicate it was given to 8th-grade students in a language arts class.
MCPSS Superintendent Martha Peek issued a brief statement on Tuesday, saying only, “We regret this has happened during the last few days of school.”
Update: Though MCPSS has not released or confirmed the identity of the teacher who gave the exercise, parents of Burns students, as well as other media, are reporting it to be Joanne Bosler.
According to the school’s website, Bosler is the only 8th-grade language arts teacher at Burns Middle School, and parents tell Lagniappe she had previously discussed plans to depart from the school system at the end of this year.
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