An update on the story we brought you about a controversial assignment at Kelly Road Secondary. A Grade 10 English class was asked to write a suicide essay in the perspective of a character from the book ‘The Chrysalids’.
School District 57 says it investigated the situation. Families were contacted by the Principal through a letter. Superintendent Marilyn Marquis-Forester says she has confidence in the staff at Kelly Road to take this as a learning experience. She says experts agree it is a good idea to have open and healthy dialog on topics like suicide, but how teachers do that requires the District to do some further learning.
“This is new to the folks at Kelly Road and us as a angle,” says Marquis-Forester. “Perhaps the world has changed. It’s a topic that is on everyone’s mind. We as an organization of course are very concerned about student welfare, and we are committed to continuous learning. So coming out of this experience, our folks are going to be thinking about just how we present things in class, and how we discuss them and how students may take them.”