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Palm Beach Gardens teacher didn't create controversial quiz question about President Trump, investigation finds

Posted at 4:59 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 23:31:37-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The School District of Palm Beach County has completed its investigation into a controversial quiz that was given to students in Palm Beach Gardens, and has disciplined the teacher involved.

A Computer Applications teacher at Watson B. Duncan Middle School gave students a quiz on Sept. 24 that contained this question:

45th Pres; 2017; Republican; Real Estate businessman; Idiot

The possible answers were:

  • Donald Trump
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Richard Nixon
  • Jimmy Carter

A school district investigation determined the "offensive question regarding President Donald Trump was not created by the teacher."

According to a district spokesperson, the teacher said she downloaded the quiz from a study application called Quizlet, and did not carefully review the questions before giving students the quiz.

A spokesperson released this statement to WPTV:

"Despite the fact that the teacher didn't write, or intentionally select the question, the District views this error as a display of unprofessional behavior. The School District of Palm Beach County holds our educators to the highest standards. The teacher has been disciplined."

WPTV has reached out to Quizlet, the software program that students used to take this quiz, but has not heard back.