‘Insane’ Homework Assignment Asks 8th Graders to Write About Herpes, One-Night Stands

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A New Jersey school district is facing backlash after an eighth-grade teacher gave her pupils an assignment to consider what they would do if they got drunk, had a one night stand, and contracted herpes, an incurable sexually transmitted disease.

Amy Loper’s 13-year-old son is a student at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Cedarville, New Jersey. She reportedly described the assignment as “insane” to Fox News and said her son did not complete it.

A copy of the assignment was acquired by Fox News. The scenario is as follows:

You had a really rotten day, but lucky for you your best friend is having an awesome party later. You go to the party and start drinking. You have a little too much to drink and start talking to this girl/guy you’ve never seen before. You head upstairs to get better acquainted despite several friends telling you that you don’t even know this person. You end up having sex with this person. The next day you really can’t remember everything that happened and rely on your best friend to fill you in. A week later you find out that you contracted herpes from your one night stand and that this is a disease you will have all your life and never know when an outbreak will occur.

When Loper contacted the school to complain, she was reportedly told the assignment is part of the core curriculum that ties into a book students were given titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

It is unclear whether the book is assigned as part of the Common Core program.

“It’s not the school’s job to make these points to the kids,” she told Fox News.

The biggest point of contention was drawn from the fact that the material was not being taught in a sex ed class, but a language arts class.

“Society is in such a downward spiral and everyone is willing to go along on the ride instead of trying to bring up their kids and actually parent,” Loper said.

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