Parents in Pennsylvania are outraged after at least five students at Monessen Middle School were purportedly given word search puzzles based on the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Accordingt to local media, the puzzle included terms like “spanking,” “bondage” and “intercourse.” District officials are investigating the incident after at least one parent complained about it on Tuesday evening at the district’s board meeting, Trib Total Media reports.
One father told WTAE that a school employee handed the puzzles out. “I asked my son who passed it out, and he said the teacher passed it out,” James Carter said. “I don’t think this is what they should be doing in the 8th grade level.”
Joshua Kramer, a senior at Monessen High School told KDKA’s Brenda Waters he didn’t see the puzzle, but heard about it.
Kramer: “I heard it had a lot of raunchy stuff in it, not good at all. It was kind of ridiculous.”
Waters: “How many kids would you say actually got this puzzle?”
Kramer: “About four of five.”
Waters: “So it wasn’t something a teacher handed out to the class?”
Kramer: “No it was during ISS.”
Waters: “What is ISS?”
Kramer: “In school suspension.”
Waters: “So the kids were in suspension and just happened to come across this?”
The puzzle became public when several parents complained about it at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, then word spread quickly.
Carol Liscik says she was appalled.
“I think that’s a shame,” she said. “From what I heard about that book, it’s very racy. And for those students to get this, it’s really something.”