Coral Glades High School Apologizes For 'Insensitive' Assignment Involving Parkland Shooter

Dec 7, 2018

This post was updated on Friday, December 7, at 6:40 p.m. with new information.

Administration at Coral Glades High School in Broward County issued an apology late Friday for a ninth-grade English class assignment involving the Parkland shooter. 

During the school day, students were given a worksheet bearing the name of the confessed-shooter from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

The activity was a reading comprehension quiz  titled, 'Does Nikolas Cruz Deserve To Die?' 

Coral Glades High School is located about 4 miles -a 10-minute car ride- away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where 17 people were killed on Feb. 14, 2018. 

The quiz followed an article about the death penalty and mentions one of the Stoneman Douglas students who co-founded the March For Our Lives Movement, Cameron Kasky, by name. 

The assignment was quickly spread across social media and Twitter Friday afternoon. 

The assignment came from a New York Times' Upfront Magazine article, dated Oct. 8, 2018. The subscription-based service, made and distributed in partnership with Scholastic, offers lesson plans to teachers. 

WLRN made multiple, attempts to reach Coral Glades High School administration. Representatives could not be reached for comment. 

By 5:20 p.m. Coral Glades High School's website had an alert up, notifying visitors that the assignment was pulled. It was later idientified that the notice was written by Broward Public Schools' spokeswoman, Kathy Koch.

The notice reads, in part, that the administration at Coral Glades, "was unaware of the assignment, which included insensitive content concerning Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School." 

The notice continued:

"Broward County Public Schools is working with the publisher to make them aware of our concerns."

Correction: the original version of this story indicated that Coral Glades High is 10 minutes away walking from Stoneman Douglas High when it should have said a car ride.