Middle school is a weird, transitioning stage of our life. Not quite children anymore, but you’re not really a teenager yet either. During that time, most of us were learning how to handle our growth spurts and puberty.
With all this confusion comes a mix of feelings. It is not uncommon for some students to become depressed. Suicide prevention is an extremely important lesson to be taught and often reiterated.
One middle school teacher in West Virginia decided to show her students a music video that talked about suicide prevention. However, that is not the problem at hand. The problem is that the video, which was not approved by the school, portrayed an implied after sex scene as a father walks in on his son in bed with another boy, as well as a sex toy. Remember, this is a middle school class.
The teacher also asked her students not to tell their parents about her showing it to them.
Rich Penkoski, who is the father of a 13-year-old student at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, voiced his outrage with the school’s principal Thursday after his daughter told him that her homeroom teacher, Jackie Coffin, showed the the music video in class on Tuesday.
The music video in question is from hip-hop artist Logic’s 2017 song, titled “1-800-273-8255,” which is also the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The plot of the video follows a gay African-American student as he struggles to gain society’s acceptance of his sexual orientation. In one scene, the student visits a male classmate’s house and has dinner with the classmate and his parents. The next scene shows the classmate’s dad catching his son in bed with the male student.
In another scene, the African-American student opens his gym locker to find a dildo affixed to the inside of the locker door as an anti-gay joke.
Penkoski spoke with Principal on Branch to inform him of Coffin’s actions.
She said, “He called me back and told me [they] did an investigation and it turns out that the teacher admitted to showing the video,” Penkoski continued, “She said the students wanted her to show it but that she denied telling students not to tell their parents about it.”
The Berkeley County School District issued a statement sent via email to The Christian Post Thursday afternoon, stating that the school will take steps to prevent another incident like this from happening again.
The school district released the following statement:
“Mountain Ridge Middle School administration approved a suicide prevention video that was shown in homeroom earlier this week. A second video was brought to the attention of the teacher by her students, and without negative intent, the video was shown. The second video contained unapproved content that some may find offensive.
“Mountain Ridge Middle School is committed to its students and their families and thanks Mr. Penkoski for bringing this to our attention. School administration is evaluating this incident and taking steps to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.”
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