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Only in America: When explicit rap lyrics become middle school homework

A teacher assigns explicit rap lyrics for homework — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Florida teacher was suspended for assigning explicit rap lyrics to her students as homework. The eighth-grade teacher printed out lyrics to Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot," which feature racial slurs and sexual imagery, and asked students to underline examples of figurative language. Parents were outraged. "It's telling the kids it's okay to swear," said one.