NYC Teacher Tells Kids to Write Suicide Notes
She's joined by a 2nd entrant to the Teacher Hall of Infamy this week
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
A letter ... do kids still write by hand these days?   (©)

(Newser) – English teacher Jessica Barrish apparently doesn't follow international news: Just 6 months ago, a French teacher came under fire for asking her class of 13- and 14-year-olds to pen a suicide note; it didn't end well. Barrish apparently did the very same thing in May, asking students of the same age at NYC's tony York Prep (tuition: north of $40,000 a year) to write a suicide letter from the point of view of a character who takes her own life in the Secret Life of Bees, reports the New York Post. Read the assignment: "How would you justify ending your life? What reasons would you give?"

The headmaster says no parents have complained; the Post tells a slightly different story, having talked to one parent who calls the assignment "outrageous." Barrish isn't alone when it comes to teachers in the news: The Local reports that a French teacher apparently decided that his math class needed a lesson in sadism on Monday. He allegedly showed his 11-year-old students the film Saw, telling them, "This will be your first horror film." He received a one-day suspension.

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HANKHILL
Jun 14, 2013 12:42 AM CDT
jessica barrish WINNER TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD!!!!!!!!!!!
hog_one
Jun 13, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
OK class, here is your next assignment, you may choose one of the following; A) why should you be allowed todo anything you like, without asking your parents? B) why is it OK to bully your fellow classmates? C) when should you be allowed to bring a gun to school and kill your fellow classmates and teachers? D) why I should be allowed to take from others whatever I want even though I didn't earn or pay for it? You have two weeks to complete the assignment and I want at least 500 words.
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 13, 2013 1:25 AM CDT
Were these Repugnant Partizan teachers?? Did they offer to sell guns to their students ????