Kids don’t always find math interesting. But you know what they do find interesting: serial killers. A substitute teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired this week after handing out a Ted Bundy inspired assignment.
The homework assignment asked student’s to solve questions regarding Ted Bundy and a peeping Tom referred to as “Creepy John.”
One question reads: “Serial killer Ted Bundy has a 20-foot ladder leaning against his favorite tree. The ladder makes a 64° angle with the ground. What distance up the tree does the ladder reach?”
Another asks: “Creepy John watches his neighbors with a telescope. Their apartment is 12ft from the ground. John’s is 36 ft. If the angle of depression from John’s apartment is 47°, how far apart are the two apartment buildings?”
The Ted Bundy homework assignment was assigned to students at Nathan Hale High School in Oklahoma. The teacher, who was not identified, was trying to engage the students by asking colorful questions. That method was not appreciated by parents.
Christina Mattaliano, one of the student’s parents, said: “The first thing that popped into my mind was just it’s creepy… I don’t know if he’s trying to be humorous [or] if maybe that’s some of his personal interests.”
School principal Caleb Starr said that the substitute will not be asked back anytime soon.
What do you think of the Ted Bundy homework assignment? If you think the questions were a little inappropriate, you might want to take a look at this article about slavery questions.
This isn’t the only school related controversy to this the news this week. An Arizona school drew some complaints this week when it held a “Redneck Day” during prom week.
[Ted Bundy Mugshot Via Florida Department Of Corrections]