Sun Prairie teachers responsible for racially-insensitive homework assignment resign

Sun Prairie Homework Assignment

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — The three Sun Prairie middle school teachers involved in a virtual homework assignment asking students how they would punish a slave have resigned, according to the results of a third-party investigation.

The teachers at Patrick Marsh Middle School will remain on paid leave for the rest of this school year as part of their agreement to step down, but will not be employed by the district in the future. The district is not naming the teachers involved.

The teachers were placed on administrative leave in February after the mother of a student reported the assignment, which included a prompt that read “A slave stands before you. This slave has disrespected his master by telling him ‘You are not my master!’ How will you punish this slave?” with a box asking for the student’s response and another box that says “According to Hammurabi’s Code: put to death.”

“He had this look on his face, like I don’t want to do this,” the student’s mother told News 3 Now.

The district apologized for the assignment, which it originally described as a “grave error in judgment” and “not racially conscious.” They later said the assignment was not part of the district’s approved lesson plan. A News 3 Now investigation later uncovered the assignment was part of a program teachers could buy online.

The district has said it has been working with the community on equity education and initiatives since the incident was reported.

You can read the full findings of a third-party investigation into the incident below.