Slick Rick’s 1989 song “A Children’s Story” is a classic morality tale about right and wrong, but a parent in Virginia found the song’s lyrics inappropriate to teach in a 6th grade class.

According to, a substitute teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School use Rick’s song to teach 6th graders about figurative language. When parent Ashley Ehrhardt’s son came home with a “poem” to study and recite, she was livid when she read the lyrics. Apparently, the “poem” was actually lyrics to Rick’s classic song.

Ehrhardt’s believes the lyrics like “Escaped alive though the car was battered / Rat-a-tat-tatted and the cops scattered / Ran out of bullets and still had static / Grabbed a pregnant lady and out the automatic,” are inappropriate for a young child to recite.

When contacted the school, administrators admitted that a substitute teacher presented a curriculum that wasn't approved by the school. Suffolk Public Schools Public Information Officer Bethanne Bradshaw issued the following statement:

A parent contacted the JFKMS principal on Friday (Dec. 16) concerned about the passage some sixth-grade teacher had used earlier in the week. The principal met with those teachers to discuss how it was inappropriate, and they agreed it should not have been used during the lesson. School administrators will more closely monitor their lesson plans, supplemental materials, and assignments. SPS encourages teachers to be creative, but they are also expected to exercise a high degree of professional judgment in their selection and use of supplemental materials, to ensure that the use of such materials serve to both support and complement the lesson. The principal will be sending a letter home to parents as well."

While we think the substitute teacher probably didn't have any malicious intent with giving kids "Children's Story" to study, the educator should have gotten the greenlight from the school first.

But what do you think? Was the parent overreacting or was she justified in her outrage over Slick Rick's song being taught to 6th graders? Tell us in the comments below.

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