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Sixth graders at Desoto Central Middle School spent three days learning about one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in the nation. They were also tested on their knowledge about Jay-Z's "resilience."
A parent, who had a son in the English class, reached out to me - and she's fired up. The mad mom asked to remain anonymous over fears of repercussions.
"One of the songs listed on the paper that was brought home was 'Big Pimpin'," she told me. "Another song talked about thug life. My child was getting an education about thug life."
She could not believe that her child was learning about a man who sings songs that degrade women and glorify the thug life.
"When he pulled out the paper in his backpack in the car, I called my husband right then," she told me. "I was furious. We talked about it until late that night. My husband was about to blow his top."
The child's parents contacted the school - hoping to get some answers. Instead, they got the brush-off.
"They made it sound like it was no big deal," the mom told me. "They said the point of the assignment was because Jay-Z is successful."
She said one school official even chimed in that the rapper owns a professional sports team.
"I asked him what that had to do with anything," the parent told me. "Let's talk about somebody that is a success that has done good things - not thug life things."
Using the school's logic, the mom wondered why the school doesn't assign lessons on Hugh Hefner or Larry Flynt.
"Either way, it's all the same," she said.
She said the same school official told her that no matter who they assigned the kids to learn about � that person would have something negative in their past.
"We are conservative," she said. "We are Christian. And this was brought into my house. That�s why I was so furious. It was a moral issue."
The little boy's father was so livid that the school brushed off his wife he decided to write a letter to the school district:
"The page sent home was an eye-opener and I refuse to have my son subjected to today's version on what should be accepted as okay and normal without knowing the facts," the dad wrote.
"The facts are this page represented this thug in a positive way and calls him successful. Success to me doesn't mean demeaning women, glorifying drugs and violence and flaunting money. Success should be about living decent and having respect for themselves and others."