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EL PASO, Texas (CBS Houston) – Parents of some El Paso 4th graders say a teacher gave their kids reading material that was too racy for their children, reports KTSM-TV.

Ursula Silverstein told the station her 10 year-old daughter’s teacher at Pasodale Elementary School asked the class to read a series of paragraphs, and then answer questions about what each situation meant

Parents shared a copy of the assignment with KTSM-TV:

Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling suspiciously. She didn’t recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter’s, and Ruby was sure that it wasn’t hers. She hadn’t had friends over in weeks but there was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under the bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.

  1. Why is Ruby so affected by the hairclip?
  2. How has the hairclip affected Ruby’s relationship?

Many parents say the passage, which implies Ruby’s husband is having an affair,  is too mature for the kids.

“I think life situations like that should be taught at home, not at school,” said Silverstein.

“Why would the teacher give them that type of assignment, you know? It could be something about nature or planets. But something about that, it’s very inappropriate,” said another parent, Nancy Desantiago.

The Ysleta Independent School District released a statement:

“YISD administration is aware of an unacceptable assignment that was given to a 4th- grade class at Pasodale Elementary. We apologize to the students and the parents who received this assignment. Campus administration has addressed the issue with the teacher, and has taken decisive measures to assure that future assignments are aligned to the curriculum and are of the highest instructional caliber.”

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