Romeo — School officials in suburban Detroit plan to revise a question on a homework assignment about DNA that a student’s father said was inappropriate.
Romeo High School freshman Audri Basaj was working on her biology homework when a question about paternity tests came up, WDIV-TV reported.
“The sister of the mom … also had issues with finding out who the father of her baby was,” the question states. “She had the state take a blood test of potential fathers. Based on the information in this table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test?”
The question left Audri stumped. Her father, Larry Basaj, took a look, and said he was “beyond fired up” after reading the question.
“It’s teaching them that it’s OK to not know who it is because you can have the state help you,” he said. “And if they can’t help you they are going to take your child away, and it’s not the way it is.”
On the homework, the list of potential fathers included: bartender, guy at the club, cabdriver and flight attendant.
Romeo Community Schools Superintendent Nancy Campbell said the question came from a three-page assignment about blood types that was posted online. The teacher had used the website to get questions aimed at using concepts students can understand. The question will be revised, Campbell said.
“We are glad this parent brought this assignment to our attention,” she said. “There is no need for any homework assignment to be offensive for parents or students.”