Issaquah Middle School teacher Alexandria Johnson has been placed on administrative leave after The Post Millennial reported Ms. Johnson assigned her seventh grade language arts class a sexually explicit poem to 'read and analyze.'
The parents of one of Ms. Johnson’s students posted the incident to a Facebook group Tuesday asking for advice on how to proceed after reading their child’s assignment to 'read and analyze' a poem about "White Hollywood" by Joe Limer.
The poem titled, "It’s funny, how pushing me out of harm’s way feels like putting me in my place" featured a sexually explicit passage which stated:
"I mean, how insecure are you, White Hollywood, when diversity means placing Asian males, in asexual supporting roles, never getting the girls."
"I mean, I get it, you don’t need Viagra, you can suck your own dick because you get a colonized erection, every single time you cast Asian women as love interest sex slaves. See, you tell society, white person saves me by pushing me out of harm’s way."
Executive Director Lesha Engels of the Issaquah School District told The Washington Examiner that the seventh grade language arts teacher has been placed on leave and they were "actively" investigating the situation.
"The assignment that included a YouTube poem with inappropriate language and material has been removed from the teachers learning management system content,” Engels added. "Parents and/or guardians of students enrolled in the impacted course have been contacted."
Ms. Alexandra Johnson was shocked to learn the Issaquah School District was placing her on leave and took to Twitter to share the incident, which has since garnered a lot of attention.
In the tweet, Ms. Johnson defended the assignment given to the seventh grade class and falsely claimed the school placed her on administrative leave because the assignment featured racism towards Asian Americans.
"I just found out I'm on paid administrative leave from my school district because I taught a poem to my middle school students about racism towards Asian Americans. And I had to find out through an article," Ms. Johnson said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Although the Twitter thread explaining the incident was rather lengthy, the teacher failed to mention the sexually explicit passage in the poem which is the real reason why she was placed on administrative leave.
Instead, Ms. Johnson purposely left out the explicit language and falsely misled her Twitter audience to appear as if the Issaquah School district was racist after she assigned the class a poem of racism towards Asians.
The parents of the student spoke to The Post Millennial’s Ari Hoffman in an interview on 570 KVI and said the fact that this sexually explicit assignment came from a teacher is "disturbing." The students parents slammed Ms. Johnson’s Twitter thread and said she was "sidestepping" the concerns of the parents.
"It was highly sexual sexual content that is completely inappropriate for a seventh grader to be reading or much less listening to in an education venue," said scott Simmons a public school parent. "It doesn’t belong in our school’s and parents are rightfully upset," he continued.
A mother of one of the students told The Ari Hoffman Show that her child was learning remote for more than a year and has never met Ms. Johnson in person. She said that the teacher paints a picture on her Twitter that she knows and loves these kids but the teacher hasn’t turned her virtual camera on since November.
Parents and supporters are planning a protest in front of the school for 7 AM on Friday.