A teacher in Mississauga, Canada, has been suspended for giving a homework assignment that included detailed instructions on making and injecting crystal meth, an addictive and illegal drug not recommended for 8th graders or anyone else for that matter.
A mom of one 13-year-old student was so shocked when she saw the assignment that she "popped a blood vessel," the CBC reports. "I was in a state of shock," the mom, Delight Greenidge, told the CBC. "I'm thinking this cannot be real."
Oh, but it was real.
Greenidge said the double-sided printout included instructions on how to source materials and manufacture the drug, as well as inject it. She told Mississauga:
I’m reading this thing and my eyes are just swelling as I’m reading it and I think my blood pressure went up by about 50 points because it is detailed, step-by-step, blueprint instructions on what you need to make crystal meth, how to prepare the crystal meth and then how to inject yourself with crystal meth.
Here's a clip from the assignment (presented for journalistic purposes only and not intended to promote drug use of any kind, got that??? Cool):
Greenidge's son said the teacher handed it out for the students to "dramatize" as part of an assignment. Specifically, the teacher had instructed the students to "act scared" when "making the drug," and to "act happy" when injecting it, according to Greenidge's son. My guess is this teacher's obsession with Breaking Bad just got out of hand.
The Peel District School Board confirmed the teacher handed out the instructions to several students and said the teacher has been "suspended with pay" while the school investigates.
Call me old-fashioned, but I just don't think that students should be taught how to make meth in school. That's what TV is for.