Teacher Apologizes After Assigning Offensive Homework

Mom upset over homework.

Third grade math teacher Richard Vesbac, meant no harm when assigning students at Lakeland Union High School a math assignment.

Nonetheless, plenty of people were offended. Especially members of the Lac du Flambeau tribe in Wisconsin.

Mom Abbey Thompson is a member of the tribe and, according to theĀ Huffington Post, posted a photo of her son’s completed homework assignment to Facebook. Here’s a full photo of the assignment below:

“What happened after Chief Short Cake Died?” is the question posed at the top of the assignment. The answer: “Squaw Bury Short Cake.”

The teacher, Richard Vesbach, who has written a bunch of apologies, says he found the assignment in a book of worksheets from the eighties that was left in his classroom.

“None of that excuses what has happened and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Vesbach wrote. “No one else is to blame but me. As a result, LUHS has appropriately sent me home for the day. I recommended that they not pay me.”

What do you think? Appalling or not a huge deal?

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