A teacher has been suspended and an investigation launched after assigning his class to pen suicide notes for homework.
The unnamed teacher composed the assignment, not part of the usual cirriculum, and the brief asked the students to imagine what they would say to themselves in their final moments.
"You've just turned 18. You've decided to end your life. Your decision is definitive. In a final surge you decide to put in words the reason behind your decision. In the style of a self-portrait, you describe the disgust you have for yourself. Your text will retrace certain events in your life at the origin of these feelings."
Huffington Post reported the unnamed teacher at Antoine-Delafont college in southwestern France was only recently suspended after parents of his 13 and 14-year-old pupils complained about the morbid nature of the assignment.
"We are not prone to questioning the school curriculum, but there are limits," a group of parents stated in an anonymous letter sent to the school, according to local newspaper La Charente Libre.
"What is the next subject? 'How do you feel when you shoot up?'"
It is believed the teacher had been suspended and could recieve further sanctions after the investigation by France's education department concluded.
However some community members were rallying behind the teacher, saying the subject was "well presented".
A local parents association issued a statement demanding that he be immediately reinstated, the Telegraph added.
- www.nzherald.co.nzBy Josh Martin