Several Fleming County parents are upset after school officials say a Spanish teacher showed a questionable YouTube video featuring people dressed as animals to elementary students at two different schools.
"Nothing more than animal pornography. I mean, there's no other description for it," Heather Prushing said. Her 11-year-old daughter attends Ward Elementary School.
"And it's so hard to keep them to where they have any innocence, in this day in age anyway. You don't expect to send them to school and have that kind of thing shown to them," Prushing said.
The five minute and 11-second video that was uploaded in 2008 begins with a warning that it is R-rated. It reads:
The followng(sic) fashion show is rated R. Restricted- for expreesive(sic) cow nudity, obscene language, penguin violence, and some pretty stupid things altogether. Don’t say we didn’t warn you Lenny.
Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman said school officials do not believe any of the people in the video are from Fleming County.
Word quickly spread among parents Tuesday after they say their children came home from school, talking about the video.
Johnica McDaniel explains her 9-year-old’s reaction when she asked her if she saw the video.
"She said ‘Yeah mommy but I do not know what that chicken was doing to that cow.' And my heart just sank. It really did,” McDaniel said.
The people in the video spoke in Spanish at times and acted out sexual innuendos while dressed in animal costumes.
The parents who spoke with WKYT said they did not think the video was educational.
Superintendent Creasman sent the following letter home to parents on Thursday:
April 6, 2017
Dear Fleming County Parents and Guardians:
Last evening, I was made aware of an inappropriate video that was shown in several Spanish classrooms at E.P. Ward Elementary School and Ewing Elementary School over the past several days. To be clear, this YouTube video was neither part of the Fleming County Schools’ Spanish curriculum nor approved by school or district administration to be used in classrooms or shared with students.
Moving forward, I want to assure everyone that Fleming County Schools addressed this situation swiftly and without hesitation, as videos of this nature should not be shared with any K-12 student. Furthermore, we will be working closely with principals at Hillsboro Elementary, E.P. Ward Elementary and Ewing Elementary to assist with course programming for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.
The Board of Education has been very clear that they expect the BEST curriculum to be implemented in each school. Additionally, the Board of Education and district expects that students have the BEST educational experiences possible. This video is not aligned to the expectations that have been clearly communicated to all stakeholders. What I have reviewed thus far strikes at the heart of the district’s vision to become a “District of Distinction,” as this supplemental video does not prepare students to become college, career or life ready.
Again, the district is still reviewing the facts regarding the situation; however, we addressed the situation quickly so that further students would not be exposed to further inadequate and inappropriate learning experiences. I want to thank students and teachers for alerting school administration about this situation. In addition, I appreciate parents and guardians for assisting the district in this matter.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Brian K. Creasman Superintendent Fleming County Schools
Superintendent Creasman said the teacher who showed the video is tenured and has been with the school district for several years.