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I'll Be Dead By the Time You Read This...

Suicide notes.  As a school assignment.  Is this ever ok?  I don't think so.  Imagine being the poor mom who comes across the note and freaks out

Unfortunately, school assignment stupidity is not a new invention.  I do remember that in seventh grade, the health teacher told us girls to go home and tell our parents we're pregnant to see what they'd do. 

I don't think I did, although my memory on this is a bit fuzzy.  No drugs involved here, but I just don't remember much about my day-to-day life as a 13-year-old. (Do you?) My mom is not dead of a heart attack, so likely I kept that little "assignment" to myself and made up some BS story about how my parents reacted.


  1. I think this is awful what's wrong with these schools!

    1. Just so thoughtless, aren't they? Does "how will this affect the child and his family?" come into play at all with these people?

  2. Oh, my God, you did work for a newspaper. That is what you call an attention grabbing headline! That is messed up. What is wrong with these bozos?

    1. Yes, I did work for a newspaper. We were told we could put anything in headlines, but you had to be careful to put actual truth into the article. (That was 20-odd years ago so I'm thinking things have changed. Ha ha!)

  3. Really? What a completely stupid assignment.
    If my child was told to write anything like that (or being pregnant) I would say NO WAY are you doing that!

    AND I'd have a word to the School Principal about how inappropriate that 'task' was for any child to being doing.
    Utterly nuts... and not right.

  4. What?! That is nuts~ and like you said, imagine being the parent who comes across that, then refuses to believe the kid when they say it's for school! Some of these teachers need a good thwack upside the head.


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