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Mom outraged after 8th-grader's homework mentions drinking, one-night stand, herpes

The mother of an eighth-grader in New Jersey is outraged over a "ridiculous" homework assignment for her son's class that mentions drinking, a one-night stand and contracting herpes.

Amy Loper posted her 13-year-old son's language arts assignment from Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Lawrence Township on her Facebook page, and said she spoke with the teacher and the school district's superintendent about it.

"It's insane,'' Loper told NBC10 in Philadelphia. "It's as unbelievable now as it was the first 30 times I read it."

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Cumberland County Executive Superintendent Peggy Nicolosi was unavailable for comment, her secretary told TODAY.com on Friday. The elementary school was closed on Friday because of a New Jersey Education Association teachers convention.

The assignment was for students to write their response to a given situation. The one provided describes a scenario of going to a party after a tough day, drinking too much and then having a one-night stand. Then a week later, you find out that you have herpes. Loper said she has spoken to her children about sex and drugs, but feels this assignment was out of line, additionally because it was part of a language arts class and not health instruction.

"This is vulgarity at the utmost,'' she said.

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Loper said she was told by the school's superintendent that the curriculum adhered to the Common Core standards in New Jersey and was aligned with the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" that the students were given.

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