It may be one of the most popular books on the market today, but that doesn’t mean it’s right to read E.L. James’ novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” in the classroom.
Several parents are outraged and even calling for the firing of a Philadelphia high school teacher after he bought a 14-year old student the erotic novel for an independent reading period. Phillip Aidoo, the Eastern University Academy Charter School teacher in question, had also purchased books for the other students in the class – but they were all considered to be appropriate for classroom learning.
“It clearly states on the cover, that the book is for mature audiences and has high sexual content,” Mya Ladson, the mother of the 14-year old boy, told NBC Philadelphia. “This was a 100-percent act of negligence. There should never be pornographic material purchased and distributed to a student by a school teacher.”
“I find it highly unlikely that a teacher who teaches reading and has a classroom for sustained silent reading period is unaware of contents of material that he’s giving to the students, let alone the material being pornographic material,” she added.
The school’s Chief Operating Officer, Yvonne Turner, called the teacher’s actions a mistake. “Unfortunately, Mr. Aidoo did not have an awareness of this popular book and ordered it with his own money.”
An investigation was launched, at the request of Ladson, into the purchase and the school decided to suspend Aidoo without pay for a week.
“We all agree that it was a very serious mistake, however, it does not warrant a termination,” Turner said.
Nonetheless, Ladson and several other parents plan to picket outside the school Monday, when students return from a one-month break. Ladson’s son will also be moved to another class for the next trimester.
h/t NBC Philadelphia