Controversial Graves County school assignment a misunderstanding

We heard from a lot of you concerned about a classroom assignment in Graves County. Students were asked to use an article, and distinguish between facts and commentary relating to how police enforce the law.

In a post on the district’s website the superintendent says the reading material was dated from July, before the death of KSP Trooper Cameron Ponder. The district and troopers now agree it was all a misunderstanding.

Ten days later, Kentucky State Police Post 1 continues to mourn the loss of one of their own. And while the community continues to mourn with them, Sgt. Kyle Nall says it was surprising to think the high school would discuss something so insensitive right now: excessive police force.

"To us, the world has stopped." Nall says. "We’re still having to do business as usual, and that’s not easy to do."

The school says this curriculum still needs to be covered, but that the subject matter could have been changed.

KSP discussed the assignment with Graves County Schools Superintendent, Kim Dublin, who said the situation deserved another step and apologized for any misunderstandings or insensitivity.

"I in no way ever want to breed insensitivity in Graves County School District," Dublin says.

"This has probably been more a positive thing than a negative thing, because it’s allowed us to open that conversation up," Nall says.

Dublin tells us she talked with the teacher, but can not discuss personnel matters with us, including whether the teacher was disciplined.

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