Racist Satire by Student at Glenn Burnie High School Raises Outcry

Apr 14, 2016

North County High School
Credit school website

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - A satirical essay by a high school student in Glen Burnie that calls for the destruction of black people is stirring outrage in the community.

In a North County High School class, a teacher recently assigned students to write a satirical essay modeled after "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift - a 1729 essay mocking heartless attitudes toward the less fortunate.

One student - a 17-year-old junior who is white - turned in an essay satirically suggesting the eradication of all but a few black Americans. The essay has circulated on social media, angering students and community members alike.

Principal Julie Cares sent a letter to parents Tuesday explaining the assignment, and says the essay was "ill-advised and insensitive."

Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier says the school system hasn't yet determined if disciplinary action is appropriate.