Queens Teacher Uses Robbers and Guns to Instruct Spelling

Now spell "Miranda rights." Photo: From NY1

Imagine Lawrence Gillman’s surprise when his 5-year-old daughter came home with a spelling worksheet with images of a handgun and an armed robber with a bag of money. “I looked at it and I seen the word ‘gun’ on it,” Gillman told NY1. “The first thing I thought was ‘oh no no no,’ I don’t want you reading it, I don’t want you spelling it. I don’t even want you looking at the picture.”

Yet the teacher at P.S. 201 in Queens deemed it appropriate to teach phonics to tots with a photograph of a man committing a felony. A separate section of the assignment asked the kids to spell gun.

I teach my kids not to play with guns, don’t aim or do any of that,” one parent said.

Of course, another grown-up didn’t think it was a big deal, nor did the assignment surprise an education professional who figured the page came from a curriculum company and not the teacher’s imagination.

The teacher has apologized and said that the sheet came from a previous school, in a neighborhood where infants probably gain tactile strength with plastic assault rifles.