Teacher at charter school in Milwaukee suspended over KKK assignment

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- A teacher at at charter school in Milwaukee has been suspended for giving students an assignment to defend the Ku Klux Klan.

The teacher sent the assignment home to parents in advance.

7th graders at Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) would be watching the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" and writing a persuasive paper defending Klan members on trial.

The assignment said the goal of the paper is not to teach students the Klan was correct in its behavior but rather to teach kids how to write persuasively.

Some parents felt the paper was inappropriate and took their concerns to the school's principal.

The teacher, who is African American, has been put on paid leave while school officials investigate.