Whopper Of The Day

A middle school teacher got in a little bit of trouble over an assignment sent home with students. The assignment – a letter renouncing their citizenship addressed to President Bush – was supposed to teach students something about the Declaration of Independence, but mostly just annoyed parents as it was sent home with no explanation. Several of the letters were returned signed…

That’s actually not the whooper of the story. We’ll pick it up midway through the story

Chico resident Michael Hill said he was told by his daughter, Kaytlen Hill, 13, that the assignment was to have parents sign the letter and return it to class Wednesday.

“The lesson being taught in class was that the U.S. kidnaps innocent people and takes them to Cuba, where they are kept indefinitely and tortured,” Hill said he learned through his daughter.

When Hill asked her if [the teacher Mike] Brooks mentioned Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. imprisons terrorist suspects, he said his daughter replied “yes.”

He said his daughter broke into tears when she talked about Brooks mentioning illegal wiretaps and other surveillance directed against innocent people.

“I think I was more irritated by the classroom discussion than the letter,” he said.

And here comes the whooper…

[Principal Joanne] Parsley said she doesn’t believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.

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