Outrage As UK School Kids Given Lessons In Swear Words

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   (2012-07-14 00:00:00)

London: Parents have been left stunned after their 11-year-old children were asked to grade swear words including f*** and c*** during a class assignment.

Children in year seven at the newly opened Shafton Advanced Learning Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, were given a worksheet entitled "Acceptable Or Not?"

The test listed situations such as using the c-word, telling your friend to f*** off and shouting abuse across a classroom, in a shopping centre or in assembly.

It also asked the pupils at the Shafton Advanced Learning Centre in Barnsley, Yorkshire, about the appropriateness of saying s***, calling someone a d******* during a lesson, making comments like "it's p****** it down" and telling someone to b***** off.

The words were not censored and pupils were asked if it was "always ok, sometimes ok or never ok" to say the expletives or whether "it depends."

Karen Young, 43, was disgusted when her stepdaughter Lauren Sparks, 12, brought the worksheet home to show her.

"I was just disgusted, it was a shock. I don't swear in front of children and don't think they should be subjected to this," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"Lauren was also disgusted and said they shouldn't be shown things like this and asked to do work like this. Lauren said the kids were going mad in the class, shouting out the swear words.

"It sounds like that nothing was being done in a controlled, responsible manner, which I found frightening. It's giving children a licence to swear," she said.

Peter Foot, chairman of the Campaign for Courtesy said: "It is an extraordinary thing for a school to do. It is appalling and whether it was an individual or a group of teachers who issued the worksheets then you worry about the wisdom.

"Someone should have said 'hang on a minute, do you think it is wise to print these words and circulate them?' What about a sealed letter home to the parents? And if anyone is offended then don't do it," he said.

The school said 700 students had taken part in the class and there had been no complaints from parents or students.

A school spokesman said work on language and respect had been delivered to all Year Seven to Nine students over the last two months and it helps students recognise what is and is not acceptable and when to use it.

In a statement, the school said: "As part of our social responsibility we are educating our students to understand what kind of language is appropriate at what times and in what contexts."