Michael Maxwell, Teacher Apologizes for asking students to write about who they’d kill


What ever happened to reading, writing and arithmetic? In some states we wonder why some students cannot read after being graduated through elementary and high school. In some states we wonder why students cannot pass the standardize testing in order to fulfill their graduation requirement.

Maybe its because we have teachers in charge of educating our children who at best may need to be locked up rather than having a teaching job. Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School gave an assignment to his students “to write about who they would kill and how they would do it.”

Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School, said his request that students in his beginning drafting class describe how they would carry out a murder was merely a writing prompt. It was not clear why he asked the drafting class to write fiction.

“I made a horrible mistake that I regret,” Maxwell said. “I want to apologize to my students, my colleagues and to the community.”
(AP via ABC 13)

The punishment for such an irresponsible act, nothing. Apologize and move on as if nothing happened. Instead of reprimanding the teacher, praise him instead. What a joke. I wonder if the school district would have been laughing if this irresponsible act had prompted a student or a group of students into committing another Columbine Massacre?

Albright expressed regret and apologized for Maxwell’s “lapse of judgment.”

“He’s an exemplary person … this is very out of character,” the principal said

Why these teachers are allowed to get away with such things is mind-boggling. Remember when this Ohio teacher handed out homework for high school kids to research porn on the internet? Rather amazing that these types of assignments were approved by school boards.

Posted May 15, 2006 by
Bizarre, Education, WTF | 2 comments

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  • Comments

    2 Responses to “Michael Maxwell, Teacher Apologizes for asking students to write about who they’d kill”

    1. Matt M. on March 4th, 2008 7:40 pm

      Ugh. It annoys me that I should have ever even seen this article. It’s not promoting ‘violence,’ it’s promoting creative thought. This teacher was going for a subject that no teacher had ever given, which is definitely what he achieved. I would absolutely love to have a teacher who would have the guts to give me a topic like that. This particular one really makes me think, which was the intended effect. Why does everyone in today’s society think that if someone mentions a subject or encourages others to THINK about it, suddenly they’re ‘promoting’ it? Just because he gave this topic doesn’t mean that he was telling his class to go and enact it, I would never kill anyone, but it’s still an awesome topic. He was not at all in the wrong to even suggest the topic.

    2. Erik Hecker on May 5th, 2011 1:58 pm

      (EDIT) You have been banned.

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