DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A controversial W. T. White High School English assignment is drawing people’s ire for asking students to write about a modern-day hero, and including accused Kenosha killer, Kyle Rittenhouse among the options.

The 17-year-old was accused of shooting two people to death and wounding another amid protests, which erupted in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Labeled “Hero for the Modern Age,” part one of the assignment asked students to write a half-page biography of each of the following people. Then it lists: Mahatma Gandhi, César Chávez, Malcolm X, George Floyd, Kyle Rittenhouse and Joseph D. Rosenbaum (one of the two protesters Rittenhouse is accused of killing).

The teacher misspelled both Gandhi and Malcolm X.

(graphic credit: CBS11/KTVT Art Dept.)

Thanks to social media, the story — and the controversy– has of course now gone far beyond North Texas.

CBS 11 News spoke to a relative of one of the students who complained. Concerned about retaliation, she only wanted her first name — “Kristian” used. She said there is just so much wrong with the assignment and believes that the teacher cannot be trusted in a position of authority over students.

“From the spelling, to the grammar, no women on the list… and then a white supremacist murderer,” she said, questioning the teacher’s character.

For personnel reasons, Dallas ISD can’t name the teacher involved. However, they did send the following statement:

“An unapproved assignment posted in Google Classroom yesterday has been brought to our attention. Understandably, this caused some concern for the impacted students, and we apologize. Campus administration immediately removed the unapproved content and students are not required to complete that assignment. Due to personnel policies, we are not able to comment further, however, the appropriate steps are being followed pending investigation.

Racial equity is a top priority in Dallas ISD, and we remain committed to providing a robust teaching environment where all students can learn. It is important that we continue to be culturally sensitive to our diverse populations and provide a space of respect and value.”

CBS 11 News reached out to the teacher whose name was on the assignment, asking for a first-person explanation, but have yet to receive a response.

Comments (43)
  1. Remiel says:

    The “white supremacist murder” was only one of those things, white, and he was defending himself against a mob trying to cause him harm. He was entirely justified. This has nothing to do with ‘racial equality’ and everything to do with an individual’s right to defend themselves against an attacker or attackers.

    1. Herb Meowing says:

      Uh .. you do know the kid had just shot and killed someone when ‘the mob’ tried to stop him? You’re saying he was justified in killing more people?

      1. rbxyourstupid says:

        your an idiot

      2. Sho Rembo says:

        Shot and killed someone attacking him. Do you not know what self-defense is?

    2. Jane S. says:

      Lets all here from the syco tRUMP lovers brainwashed by their leader & king. All republicans are ignorant morons.

      1. Sho Rembo says:

        You must be from that group that claims love and tolerance. I can tell by your hate and intolerance.

    3. Judy says:

      You need to find a better news source. The clip that shows him being attacked was “after” he had started firing. They saved lives that day!

      1. Blue Ambiance says:

        Kyle did not fire any shots first. Here is your footage.
        The shot fired was in the air and the flash of it can be seen on the first second of this video, on the left side of the screen, and above the hood of the black station-wagon. Kyle did have his gun raised or wasn’t even facing Rosenbaum. He was too busy RUNNING AWAY from him because Rosenbaum was mad at the little kid for helping to extinguish his arson attempt of a gas station (of which there is additional footage for).
        Seriously, you people all over the internet are trying your absolute hardest to avoid any footage or news that doesn’t allow you to justify your hatred of a 17 year old boy for defending his life against people WANTING TO KILL HIM FOR GETTING IN THE WAY OF THEIR CRIMES. Absolutely sick.

  2. Kim Killion says:

    They are upset about Kyle being listed but not upset about George Floyd? WOW!

    1. Herb Meowing says:

      Who did George Floyd kill?

      1. S.ket says:

        Floyd has more than a decade-old criminal history at the time of the arrest and went to jail for atleast 5 times
        George Floyd was the ringleader of a violent home invasion
        He plead guilty to entering a woman’s home, pointing a gun at her stomach and searching the home for drugs and money, according to court records
        Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine in a December 2005 arrest
        He had previously been sentenced to eight months for the same offense, stemming from an October 2002 arrest.
        Floyd was arrested in 2002 for criminal trespassing and served 30 days in jail
        He had another stint for a theft in August 1998.
        Im sure at some point in his criminal career he killed someone either on purpose or by association.

      2. Shawn 🥱 says:

        S.ket why is George Floyd background so important for you to mention it here? You have a rundown on what you think you know, but nobody nowhere has a rundown on why that officer had his knee in that man’s neck for that daggum long. You’re so great at doing research, how about researching the answer to why that cop did what he did! I have time, I’ll wait 🪑.

      3. S.ket says:

        The restraint technique that the officer used is what all police are taught in the academy as a way to effectively subdue a person that is bigger and stronger than they are. They are taught to hold that form until the person stops resisting. Now with that said i do feel that George Folyds death was a result of negligent homicide and the officer should be tried accordingly. The point i was making in my earlier post is Floyd is not a hero he was a career criminal. The police were called out that day because he was passing counterfeit money. He did not die committing a selfless act or saving a life he died committing crime. Should he have died that day? I say no he shouldn’t have, but I can’t view him as a hero or a martyr.

      4. Shawn.....🦨 says:

        So he needed to subdue him for dang near nine minutes on the ground impeding his breathing? I will answer that, no because he could have put him in the car until he figured things out. Wait, but then again, why was he on the ground for trying to pass counterfeit money. Was the counterfeit money in his neck or perhaps his throat? You said he resisted arrest, when? People are so silly and petty and will try to justify any wrongdoing against black people as a rightful act. Naw George Floyd was not a hero, but he sure was a human and common sense is something we all should have, however, we would rather have power. You acknowledged the cop’s wrongdoing, but you still didn’t explain the need for him being on his neck that long. With that being said, there was no need for you to mention George’s background, when you didn’t mention anyone else background. You saw a name up there that ruffled your feathers, you probably want to figure out why because you might be a little racist there buddy.

      5. S.ket says:

        I mentioned Floyds background to show he shouldn’t be viewed as a hero, which is what this article is about. Before you start throwing your uneducated opinion around do a little research. The body cam footage that shows the cops trying to put him in the car, asking him repeatedly to stop resisting. It also shows another black man that was with Floyd that did everything he was told and nothing happed to him. Im torn because I feel the cops followed their traing but in the case it shows to be excessive. https://youtu.be/NjKjaCvXdf4

  3. Steve Lynch says:

    Now we know why “Kristian” only wanted a first name used. Otherwise she would be sued for defamation for calling Rittenhouse a white supremacist murder. As has been pointed out, the only truth in that statement is that he is white. The legal system will determine at some point in the future if he is a murderer. Based on the video released, the inescapable conclusion is that he acted in self defense.

    1. Herb Meowing says:

      Uh … you do know the kid had just shot and killed someone when ‘the mob’ tried to stop him as he ran away? You’re saying he was justified in killing more people?

      1. Stephen says:

        Uh, you do know that the first person he shot was also part of a mob chasing him, for putting out a fire that said mob had started, and then cornered him while someone behind him fired a round into the air, prompting him to turn around at which point he was attacked by the first person whom he shot.

  4. bigtx says:

    Why was George Floyd’s name on there too ?

  5. Roy says:

    When are we going to get impartial reporting. George Floyd is on the list and he was a rapist yet nothing said about that.

    1. Patrick says:

      He was not a rapist. He was arrested 9 times for theft and possession of narcotics. You made that up.

      1. Herb Meowing says:

        Of course he made it up (or saw in on Trump TV). It’s the only way he can justify his manufactured outrage.

      2. bigtx says:

        Jacob Blake was the rapist !

  6. Veejay mali says:

    The assignment is about different conceptions and misconception of Hero. I totally agree with this. I think the teacher is a brilliant teacher to make his students understand the contradictions in our society.

    1. Karen Joy Creamer says:

      Absolutely. 🙂

  7. popper says:

    Must be a lot of stupid teachers at DISD. Ghandi was an assassin early on, MalcomX was not very nice, Rittenhouse was protecting HIS life from felons and would be murderers. To call him ‘murderer’ before a conviction is asinine and according to OUR constitution, illegal.

    1. Herb Meowing says:

      Uh … you do know the kid had just shot and killed someone when ‘the mob’ tried to stop him as he ran away? You’re saying he was justified in killing more people?

      1. Sho Rembo says:

        Uh…you do know the person he shot was chasing him for putting out a dumpster fire that the person chasing him had set, and like a lot of these SJW’s he didn’t like it and was going to show Kyle how he didn’t like it, and another had shot their handgun while Kyle was being chased by the pedo before Kyle turned and shot him, correct? Or since that part doesn’t fit your narrative you just choose to ignore it?

  8. Kay B says:

    I’m wondering why Joseph Rosenbaum might be considered a hero. He was one of the men Rittenhouse shot, but he was certainly far from heroic in his life – you can google him. I’m not sure what the teacher was trying to get to.

    1. Herb Meowing says:

      Joseph Rosenbaum tried to stop Kyle Rittenhouse and for his trouble was shot in the head and killed. You’re right. Nothing heroic about trying to save others.

      1. Dan says:

        Have you looked at any of this? Rosnebaum was an agitator and confronted the group before the shooting took place. Do you know why Rosnenbaum got shot? Because he chased and conered Rittenhouse. What did Rittenhouse do to deserve to be chased? He literally put out a dumpster fire that the rioters were pushing towards a gas station. The eye witness ( the guy that took his shirt off to treat Rosnebaum) confirmed this.

  9. Karen Joy Creamer says:

    Read closely. This teacher is NOT asserting that any of these is a hero…but is asking the students to decide, based upon research. There is one in that list that we usually speak of as a hero, but when you really read about him…well… This teacher is having students research, then analyze and evaluate, (specifically, decide for themselves), all higher level skills.

    It is a good assignment, and, frankly, a needed one. S/He should have clued in the admin first, though, and perhaps sent home a communication that clarifies, in advance.

    1. Shawn....... says:

      I have to agree, the assignment was a good one and much needed, but at this particular time, naw, unacceptable! It should have been kept until later. As teenagers, this only confuses them more because they see all this bs going on.

  10. S.Ket says:

    I feel Rittenhouse was in the wrong place for his age, but I fully support him defending himself the way he did. Now anyone that can put Gandhi and George Floyd in the same category as hero needs their head examined.

  11. I Smith says:

    Rittenhouse was driven by his mother across state lines to join in the riots. He is in no way a hero, nor was he defending anything that was or is remotely his personal property. He needs to be in prison for life.

    1. Blue Ambiance says:

      “Rittenhouse was driven by his mother across state lines to PROTECT BUSINESSES FROM RIOTORS AND ADMINISTER FIRST AID”

      There, I fixed it for you. Do you need to hear it from his own words why he was there? Here you go:

  12. Wiser says:

    Uh… Kyle is a white supremacist thug who murdered 2 people.
    Ghandi is a pacifist who liberated an entire nation peacefully.
    They are not the same. At all. One is a hero and the other is a terrorist.

    1. S.ket says:

      Rittenhouse is an absolute hero. He was there to help protect local businesses from being burned down by protesters. He is a supporter of the police and first responders. Rosenbaum was a convicted sex offender in Arizona for the rape & molestation of 5 boys all under the age of 11. Huber also had a record that shows repeated arrests for domestic violence. Both of these guys sound like thugs and terrorists to me, you may respect and admire someone that rapes little boys or beats on their woman at home but i sure don’t.

    2. Blue Ambiance says:

      You left out the part where the 2 men he killed were trying to kill him; the third man he wounded pulled a gun on him first! He was RUNNING AWAY from them when they chased him down because he got in the way of their attempted arson of a building.
      And as for him being a “white supremacist” bent on looking for trouble, why don’t we ask Kyle himself why he was there:

  13. Did anyone actually watch the clip? They said it was in Kenosha Washington. Not Wisconsin, WA.

  14. Otis says:

    Kyle did nothing wrong.

  15. Tribe says:

    Kyle is a HERO and anyone saying different is a left wing fascist goon that supports pedophiles, racists and criminals.

    Kyle was attacked by a left wing fascist mob and defended himself, its clear on the video for all to see.

    all 3 of the fascists Kyle shot were CONVICTED CRIMINALS…one he killed was a CONVICTED PEDOPHILE THAT RAPED 5 CHILDREN.

    The situation couldnt be more clear: KYLE RITTENHOUSE IS A HERO.

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