A Wyoming school district is doing damage control after a multiple-choice online quiz featuring “shooting at Trump” as one of possible answers was given to high school students, causing a flood of angry parents to express their outrage at the tone-deaf test.
The quiz, which was administered by English teacher Carin Aufderheide at Jackson Hole High School, ostensibly covered George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” but instead got a bit too modern-day political for many parents’ comfort, the Jackson Hole News&Guide reported.
“Napoleon has the gun fired for a new occasion. What is the new occasion?” the offending question read. Students were able to choose from the following answers: “he was shooting at Trump;” “His birthday;” “For completion of the windmill;” and “To scare off the attackers of Animal Farm.”
Junior Rylee McCollum took a screenshot of the question and showed it to his father, Jim McCollum, a Trump supporter who “cringes at some of the things he says” but still believes that the quiz was inappropriate.
“It’s about respect for the office more than anything,” McCollum said. “That’s enough of this. No way… It was so inappropriate to show a name of a sitting president in that question. To me, that is so wrong in light of the situation in our country and the divisiveness and all.”
In a statement, Teton County School District No. 1 promised to look into the incident and offered an apology to those offended.
“TCSD #1 administration learned late yesterday that a quiz was administered to a class of high school students that contained an inappropriate answer to a multiple choice question,” the statement read. “Administration is investigating this incident and verifying the information we have received.”
“TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind,” the statement continued, “regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel.”