Controversial lesson: shooting in class

, Posted: Thu, August 21 2014 at 10:43 AM, Updated: Thu, August 21 2014 at 11:11 AM

(WSFA)  A sixth grade teacher at Alabama's Brantley Elementary School is on paid administrative leave after students were instructed to re-enact the August 9th shooting death of Michael Brown in class.

Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. The unarmed black man's death by a white police officer has sparked protests and riots in the St. Louis suburb and around the country.

An internal investigation is being conducted by the Dallas County School System after an outraged parent of one of the students complained about the class assignment on social media.

The assignment started out as an innocent current events lesson, discussing the recent incident in Missouri that has garnered heavy media attention. But, Jessica Baughn, the student's mother, says the assignment just went too far.

"This is not nowhere near right," Baughn explained. "It was uncalled for."

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