A sixth grade teacher at Georgia’s Bethune Middle School was suspended this week after using Kodak Black’s verse on A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Drowning” for a school assignment. The teacher gave the explicit lyrics to his students and asked them to change the words to make the song more positive.
In an interview with WSB-TV Atlanta, one of the students’ mothers, Crishana Wright, says that the assignment was “really against everything I try to teach them.”
The lyrics contain racist and sexist undertones, not dissimilar from Kodak’s own controversial comments. “Sniper Gang I put a n—- on a carton/ I’m the shit I’m fartin’, I don’t know how to potty” and “I ain’t doing trims, I’m in the cut like I’m a barber/ She call me daddy, but I ain’t her motherfu*king father,” one of the lines reads.
The superintendent released the following statement in response to the “inappropriate” assignment:
“The assignment was inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards. The employee responsible has been removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for such poor judgment. While we encourage teacher creativity, the expectation is that the instruction is always standards-based and age appropriate.”
While Kodak Black lyrics aren’t the best to use for educational purposes, teachers in the past have made effective remixes of songs to make lessons stick for students — like Brooklyn’s Erica Buddington, who remixed Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” to contain geography facts for her class.