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Kindergarten homework pictured gun

Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A New York couple said they were shocked to see their 5-year-old's homework assignment included pictures of a gun and an armed robber.

Lawrence Gillman and Takiema Reynolds said their daughter, Amanda, brought home a worksheet from her kindergarten class at PS 201, known as The Discovery School for Research and Inquiry, featuring the pictures and requiring her to write "gun" and "rob" under the pictures, the New York Post reported Thursday.

"It was horrible," Reynolds said. "I was totally thrown off when I saw it."

"It's inappropriate for a kindergartner to have to learn that," she said. "It makes it seem like it (violence) is OK. It's not -- it's totally not."

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the teacher has apologized and the worksheet was not a part of the school's usual curriculum. The spokeswoman said the school's principal will be monitoring the teacher's future homework assignments.

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