A middle school in Utah’s Nebo School District gave sixth-grade students “disgusting” insects to eat last week as part of an English assignment on climate change, claiming it would save the environment from cows which were “killing the world,” according to a mom who spoke with Fox News Digital.
“Middle schoolers loved the ‘ewww’ factor, many of them gave bugs a try (and even a few staff members!). Many thanks to our English teachers for creating fun and engaging lessons,” the Spring Canyon Middle school said about the March 7 assignment. Bugs were purchased from a commercial site that is “safe for consumption,” the district said.
The mother of one of the students – Amanda Wright – told Fox News she believed the kids were being subjected to “indoctrination” into a “dark climate change religion.” She challenged the school’s principal Alison Hansen on the assignment after her daughter found it uncomfortable.
The climate change assignment instructed sixth graders to write an argumentative essay, but did not permit students to disagree. The only acceptable answer was that humans should eat insects for their protein instead of cows, which are destroying the Ozone layer with methane gas.
Some students were given extra credit as an incentive to eat the insects. Wright complained to the administration, and set up a meeting which she recorded. “[My daughter] wasn’t given an option to give an argument,” Wright said about the argumentative essay in the meeting.
“Well, the assignment was about finding facts to support,” Hansen said. “All the evidence has suggested, that we probably should be eating bugs – it’s good for the environment, etc. But I didn’t know that that was an offensive topic to indicate,” teacher Kim Cutler said, according to an audio recording.
A separate video recording was taken by Wright’s daughter in the classroom. “How come we can’t state our opinion and write that we shouldn’t be eating bugs?” she asked Cutler. “Because we don’t have any evidence to support it,” Cutler said.
“It’s kind of weird that I gave you a topic where there is only one right answer. We don’t want to eat bugs and it’s gross. But should we be eating bugs? Yeah, because we’re killing the world by raising cows and animals. So we need to, not get rid of cows, but like, try to balance our diet so that not so much of our land is being used to raise cows, cause it’s killing the Ozone layer.” “What if you wanted to – ” the student interrupted.