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Teacher Quits Over Eminem Project

March 5, 2001

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) _ An elementary school teacher resigned after her superiors threatened to reprimand her for letting a group of students continue a research project on rap musician Eminem.

Administrators told music teacher Cassie Johnson, 24, to cancel the sixth graders’ project after parents complained their child had found inappropriate material on the Internet.

Principal Brian Krob declined to discuss details of the incident.

Johnson said she assigned different topics to the students after the parents’ complaint but then allowed them to continue it after learning that students in another class were allowed to give a presentation on the same subject.

She said the presentation didn’t have any references to Eminem’s lyrics, which contain obscenities and references to violence.

Johnson turned in her resignation to the Tipton school board on Feb. 16. The board accepted it last week after a 20-minute closed discussion.

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