Valley mother say she's "outraged" by Obama homework assignment
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:48:23 GMT —
It was supposed to be a President TMs Day homework assignment: write a letter to President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
But that assignment didn TMt go over well when 7-year-old Chloe Quintanilla got home from Benavides Elementary School in Brownsville.
The second grader TMs mother, Bee Quintanilla, is a Tea Party member and voted for Mitt Romney in the November general election.
Quintanilla said she does not agree with President Obama TMs job in Washington D.C. and does not want her daughter writing a letter to him.
I TMm outraged| completely outraged, Quintanilla said.
The Brownsville mother said her first reaction was to tear the paper to shreads.
She scotch-taped it back together but is now seeking alternative homework assignment for her daughter.
Action 4 News spoke to the Brownsville Independent School District about the assignment.
School district officials said the assignment is a template that was downloaded from a national education website and allows students to write comments, questions or even criticisms to the president.
But Quintanilla said she doesn TMt want her daughter to participate.
Her grandmother is in the hospital at Valley Baptist, Quintanilla said. She can practice writing a letter to her grandmother in the hospital. That TMs fine with me but she TMs not going to do this letter.
As for Chloe, she voted for Mitt Romney in the school TMs mock presidential election.
Both she and her mother view seeking an alternative homework assignment as a lesson in political expression.
I TMm fine with protesting because I TMm for Mitt Romney, Chloe Quintanilla said.
School district officials said Chloe is welcome to write an alternative assignment.
The officials said parents can always go to the teacher and the school TMs principal with concerns about coursework.