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SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA) -- A middle school history teacher was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after a lesson that involved profane words.

The teacher told eighth graders at Drew Freeman to define several cuss words including bastard and son of a b----, according to students who were in the class.

"I was shocked," said Marquis Quigley, "We were all like is she serious or is joking. Is she really teaching us this?"

When Quigley's mother and other parents learned of the assignment after school on Tuesday, they went to the principals office to complain.

"We talked about it and I told him we don't use these words," said Janiece Trimble, a mother of three who in addition to Marquis, has another child in the Prince George's school system. "I really feel bad that I am not able to afford in a private school if this is what my child is going to learn in a public school system. If he didn't already know these words now he knows them."

A Prince George's County School Spokesman responded to the incident with the following statement:

"A special investigation was conducted today regarding the matter at Drew-Freeman Middle School. The school will be sending a letter home to parents to address the issue and the administrative action taken to resolve the matter," wrote Darrell S. Pressley.

That letter explained that the teacher was using a website called Teaching Tolerance. "The teacher's intention was to address tolerance. In an attempt to address the use of inappropriate language in school the teacher used a lesson [from this website]," it read.

Trimble said she called the Prince George's County School Board and reached a woman on the other line who first laughed at her. She's not satisfied with the letter and she is still waiting for someone from the Board to call her back.

Written by Brittany Morehouse
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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