Some Parents Call School Assaignment on Slavery `Innaproporiate` and Demeaning`

Parents of some students in an eighth grade English class at Hawthorne Middle School were outraged Thursday over a homework assignment requiring students to keep a first-hand diary of life as a slave for five days, describing the so-called slave journal "appropriate and demeaning."But in a statement, Hawthorne School Superintendent Helen E. Morgan stated that, "Asking students to write a journal as if they were experiencing an historical event is an appropriate teaching strategy. It requires the writer to think critically about the facts and emotions that may have impacted someone in that situation." Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.