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Posted: January 25, 2015

'Po Pimp' homework assignment angers parents

By WSB-TV – Atlanta


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Parents in Newton County, Georgia, told Atlanta's WSB-TV that they were upset when their fourth-grader came home with a worksheet that included the phrase "Po Pimp."

"Po Pimp" is the name of a 1996 Do or Die song that features rapper Twista and R&B singer Johnny P.

Scott Tolleson went to the Newton County School Board this week after his fourth-grade son posed an unusual question.

"What is 'Po Pimp'? Try to explain to a fourth-grader what 'Po Pimp' is," Tolleson said.

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He said his son came home with a language arts assignment about sentence structure; the worksheet includes a passage about the rapper Twista and how he broke out thanks to the song.

Tolleson said he looked up the lyrics to the song.

"It was very upsetting to my family when we saw this. My wife was left in tears at the kitchen table," Tolleson said.

WSB-TV's Carl Willis spoke to area parents, including Christy Peeples.

"I can kind of see where it would upset a lot of parents, actually," Peeples said.

"It's just something you just have to explain to him, you know,” said another parent, Calvin Grier.

In a statement, Newton County Schools Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey said, "We take great care to review documents selected by our curriculum teams. Unfortunately, we missed this item.” 

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