Weird World: American high school teacher uses serial killers and perverts to ‘engage’ geometry class

By Matt Simpson

Are you worried what your children learn about at school?

Parents of students at an American high school certainly are, after serial killers and perverts were used by one substitute teacher in an attempt to ‘engage’ the class.

References to murderer Ted Bundy and a man who spies on his neighbours, called ‘Creepy John’, were found in geometry homework from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Christina Mattaliano, mother of one of the students, was relieved her son had not heard of Bundy, but was left wondering what the substitute’s intentions were.

“The first thing that popped into my mind was that it’s just creepy,” she told the state’s Newschannel 5.

“I don’t know if he is being humorous or if that’s maybe some of his personal interests.”

The school’s principal, Caleb Starr, told Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV the unnamed substitute was trying to engage students by getting their attention with colourful questions.

One question asked students to calculate the length of Bundy’s imaginary ladder:

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 asked for the distance between the peeping Tom’s apartment and his neighbours:

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 principal confirmed the substitute teacher will not return to the school, but it is still uncertain whether he will work in others across the district.

Picture courtesy of Donn Dughi, via WikiCommons, with thanks.

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