In December, Rick Ross got himself into some trouble when he rapped about assassinating Donald Trump. Now, two Texas high school students are in a similar situation after they performed a skit showing a mock assassination of president-elect Donald Trump in their English class.
According to mySA.com, two 10th grade students at Marshall High School in San Antonio, Texas are being punished after they performed a skit called "The Assassination of Donald Trump" in their high school English class. In the skit, one of the boys made a gunfire noise using his cell phone as the other boy, acting as Trump, fell to the ground in the mock assassination. A teacher was shocked and quickly stopped and addressed the boys' problematic skit.
According to a statement from the school district, each student was required to "create and perform a brief in-class skit following their study of Shakespeare." Students were instructed to submit descriptions of their English class presentations for approval beforehand, but these two specific students apparently changed their presentation after they initially got approval. Campus officials investigated and concluded that the teacher did not condone the skit and quickly put an end to it once she realized what was going on.
But some parents didn't buy the district's explanation. "Pardon my language but I think that it’s a bunch of B.S. if they’re going to tell you the kids were stopped," said Harold Bean, a parent of another student who watched the skit.
Northside Independent School District spokesperson Barry Perez said that "appropriate action" was taken to address the boys and their teacher. Perez told KSAT that the teacher is a "rock-solid educator" and "former teacher of the year" who holds leadership positions on campus. He explained, "When that [incident] occurred, she recognized the inappropriateness of that, and she stopped it in its tracks in the classroom."
NISD Superintendent Brian Woods said in a statement, "NISD does not condone the action of these students or anyone else who would threaten violence." The teacher has apologized as well.
But Bean wasn't happy about that, either, and suggested that the two students should have been suspended. "I don’t understand how the teacher can repeat an apology and be right there back at work on Monday morning," Bean told mySA.com. "Though we understand she is apologetic, it does not make the situation right."
Similarly, his wife Melinda Bean said, "Honestly I have run out of words to describe how angry I am and how shocked I am that they’re still in school today."