El Paso — A questionable class assignment prompts an investigation within the El Paso Independent School District. It happened on Tuesday inside a fourth grade classroom at Hughey Elementary School. Students were asked to illustrate the events that took place on 9/11. A family friend of one student says kids in the class were specifically asked to draw the boom clouds, the planes hitting the towers, and people jumping out of windows. She also claims the teacher told the students that Afghans hate Americans.
EPISD officials have confirmed that they are investigating those allegations. In a written statement they said, "EPISD is very concerned about the images that were drawn in response to a lesson on the events of September 11th. District and campus administrators are investigating the specific assignment and are interviewing the personnel involved. We regret the insensitivity that this action may have caused and wish to assure our community that we will act swiftly in this matter and will take any and all appropriate action. We extend our sincere apologies."