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Middle school teacher reprimanded for 'nudes' algebra lesson

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Ben Hooper
An Ohio middle school teacher was reprimanded for using a sexually inappropriate question in an algebra lesson. Screenshot: WJW-TV
An Ohio middle school teacher was reprimanded for using a sexually inappropriate question in an algebra lesson. Screenshot: WJW-TV

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- An Ohio middle school teacher was reprimanded for an "inappropriate" math lesson that called on students to answer a sexting-related algebra problem.

A father of two 14-year-old students at Middleburg Heights Middle School filed a complaint after his children showed them a photo of the algebra question they had to answer in Daniel Rapp's class.

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The question reads: "Tony can send 5 texts and 3 nudes in 19 minutes. He could also send 3 texts and 1 nude in 9 minutes. How long would it take him to send one text and one nude?"

Superintendent Michael Sheppard said an investigation was carried out and Rapp was issued a written reprimand.

"We addressed the teacher and kind of clarified exactly what happened, and in this case provided what we thought was the appropriate consequence, which was clarification that that was inappropriate," Sheppard told WJW-TV. "He's a good teacher, and just in this case used the inappropriate word."

The father who filed the complaint said he feels the punishment is too lenient, given the lesson's sexual nature.

The superintendent said Rapp remains in the classroom and he considers the matter closed.

"You have to look to see if it is out of character or not, and in this case, it was something that happened that was just obviously not acceptable from the school district's perspective and that's why we took it, looked at it very seriously and provided the appropriate consequence," Sheppard said.

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