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Concerned father addresses school board about 4th grader's assignment

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A father was so concerned about an assignment his fourth grader received, he decided to go before the Newton County Board of Education.

The assignment referred to the song Po Pimp and rapper Twista.

Scott Tolleson says his fourth grader received an assignment about text structure.

"It was a blank for my fourth grader to tell the teacher what textual structure this paragraph was about," said Scott Tolleson.

It contained a passage about Twista's career. One of the sentences mentioned the song Po Pimp.

"It's very upsetting to our family when we saw this,"  said Tolleson.

Tolleson says his son came to him and asked, 'What is Po Pimp?' Tolleson went on the Internet to find the lyrics to the song Po Pimp.

"How do we expect them to perform in the workplace if this is how they're taught to speak and to write and to think about paragraphs, much less what Po Pimp means. I will leave that up to you to decide," said Tolleson.

At a meeting, he told the Newton County Board of Education that it was very upsetting to his family. "My wife was left in tears at the kitchen table, said Tolleson.

In a statement, the Newton County School System said "it's regrettable that the content in this document was not appropriate for our students. We take great care to review documents selected by our curriculum teams. Unfortunately, we missed this item. It has since been removed. We appreciate that the parent brought this to our attention so we could take immediate action."

Tolleson says he is satisfied that the system is working on the issue.

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