Middle Schoolers Given Fifty Shades Puzzles

Pennsylvania kids get adult-themed word searches
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2015 6:04 PM CST
In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Jamie Dornan, left, and Dakota Johnson appear in a scene from "Fifty Shades of Grey."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

(Newser) – Parents in a Pennsylvania school district are turning 50 shades of red over word search puzzles given to middle school students based on an erotic novel and movie. The students in Monessen were given puzzles based on Fifty Shades of Grey that contained terms including "spanking," ''submissive," ''leather cuffs," and "bondage." Other words on the list were more explicit.

After a parent complained, Monessen district officials said at last night's school board meeting that they couldn't discuss the issue because they just learned about it Monday. Superintendent Leanne Spazak said the circumstances of the puzzle are under investigation. One school board member who didn't attend the meeting told WTAE-TV that "it was a huge but unintentional error and collected from the five students involved as soon as it was realized."

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