A California high school history teacher is under fire after he included a controversial question on a test asking students to identify “A bunch of idiots,” with the answer choices “KKK,” “all of Florida,” “FOX News” and “Texans.”
The teacher at Whitney High School in Rocklin, California, was harshly criticized after a photo of the test question he took from them on Nov. 4 was shared on social media.
Jessa Krissovich, who posted the photo, is a family friend of one of the students who took the test. She said she shared it on the networks herself because the student and mother were concerned about possible consequences if they posted the photo themselves.
“We all have different beliefs,” Jessa Krissovich told Fox 40. “This is the United States and we all come from different backgrounds and everybody should be okay with who they are.”
One parent told the outlet that the teacher’s one-sided political comments, mostly against the Republican Party, were a recurring concern for him.
“The question on the test is really blatant obviously and that’s out there,” the parent stated. “This has been the first time it has been looked at of him crossing the line,” he said.
Nathan Elizarraraz, a former Whitney High School student, posted an online petition calling for the school to fire the teacher who asked the controversial question. As reported by ABC10, the petition had more than 100 signatures as of Nov. 8.
“[The teacher] has worked to polarize his students, alienating his “Conservative” students in what should be a politically neutral, safe space,” the student wrote on the petition page.
He continued, “As an alumni of Whitney High School, I only want to see the best for the students, staff, and school as a whole. It frustrates me seeing someone in leadership abuse their power.”
Meanwhile, the school’s principal, Justin Cutts, wrote Friday to the educational community and parents:
“The Whitney High School Administration Team and the Rocklin Unified School District recognizes and shares their concerns and is conducting a thorough investigation,” Cutts wrote, adding that while “personnel matters will remain confidential, appropriate disciplinary steps will be taken.”
According to Fox40, the high school said in a statement on Saturday that it will investigate the matter, which is sparking outrage among the parent community.
The controversial test question comes in the midst of an escalating debate over the curriculum in U.S. schools, which has Critical Race Theory (CRT) as one of the focal points of controversy between the more progressive positions that promote it and the conservative ones that interpret it as a tool of anti-American indoctrination.
In this regard, Senate Republicans succeeded on Tuesday, August 10, in banning funding for critical race theory in schools by approving through the budget reconciliation package an amendment introduced by Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, an institution that has condemned CRT, said of the 50-49 vote on the Republican-friendly amendment, “The fight against CRT has gone national—and Sen. Cotton is leading the way,” Rufo posted.