A Bethune Middle School music teacher in Dekalb County, Ga. was suspended after assigning his students homework that included Kodak Black’s lyrics from his verse in A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Drowning.”
The students’ challenge was to turn the explicit lyrics into something positive.
Crishana Wright, one of the students mothers, told WSB-TV that “[she doesn’t] really see how you can make that positive but to say don’t do it.” She added she understood the intention of the assignment, she believes it “wasn’t thought out.”
“You’re dealing with children’s minds; you have to be very cautious,” said Wright.
The superintendent of the school responded to the incident, writing “The assignment was inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards. The employee responsible has been removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for such poor judgment. While we encourage teacher creativity, the expectation is that the instruction is always standards-based and age appropriate.”
Some of the lyrics that were mentioned were:
“Harley Davidson every day, I’m ridin’ with the chopper/ They hatin’, I know they don’t wanna see a ni**a prosper/ I ain’t doing trims, I’m in the cut like I’m a barber/ She call me daddy, but I ain’t her motherf**king father.”