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Some Parents Call School Assignment on Slavery ‘Inappropriate,’ ‘Demeaning’

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Parents of some students in an eighth-grade English class at Hawthorne Middle School were outraged Thursday over a homework assignment requiring students to keep a diary of life as a slave for five days, describing the so-called slave journal "inappropriate and demeaning."

Hawthorne School Superintendent Helen E. Morgan responded in a statement: "Asking students to write a journal as if they were experiencing a historical event is an appropriate teaching strategy. It requires the writer to think critically about the facts and emotions that may have impacted someone in that situation."

Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.