• Worksheet sends kindergartners wrong message, mother says


    CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - A mother is upset over a worksheet assigned to her kindergartner and she is concerned that children will get the wrong message.

    The worksheet asks students to label other children as fat.

    The assignment teaches children labels associated with bullying, she said.

    The school is already making changes after Channel 9 started asking questions.

    The school district is apologizing after the mother of a kindergartner at A T Allen Elementary School in Cabarrus County raised the concerns

    The assignment shows two sets of children and asks students to circle the one that is fat.

    The mother said she contacted the school because she was worried that using children as examples could lead to bullying and low self-esteem.

    She questioned why they couldn't use animals instead of children to make the point.

    The district apologized in a statement saying that the worksheet contains insensitive language and references.

    The statement goes on to say that the district reviews curriculum resources as state standards change and would pull the item from its resource pool.

    The district said it plans to review other content to make sure it's not offensive and apologized for the oversight on this particular item.

    The district said the worksheet came from an outside resource and was not created by Cabarrus County Schools or by a teacher there.

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