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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Word Puzzles Handed out to Middle School Kids

The Short of It

File this under completely inappropriate: Middle school students were given word puzzles with a "Fifty Shades of Grey" theme!

The Lowdown

Moms, we may enjoy reading the erotic trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey," but it's an easy call that the subject matter is far too adult for kids. So why any adult would think a school activity sheet themed after the gripping novels is a good idea is by far the biggest puzzle yet.

Officials in the Monessen School District in Pennsylvania remain vague about who handed out the puzzles to kids too young to see the much-buzzed-about movie, which comes out today. Words on the puzzle included "spanking," "submissive," "leather cuffs" and "bondage." Seriously.

Parents are demanding answers and making their strong disapproval of the activity known at a school board meeting. But no one is being held accountable for the ill-conceived worksheet so far.

The Upshot

One can only hope that the young people to whom the puzzle was distributed don't fully understand the words included. Because as a parent, I can't imagine having to explain bondage or submission to my child. Oh, you'd better believe I'd be fuming, just as the parents of the Pennsylvania middle-schoolers are.

What action do you think should be taken in response to this very poorly thought out activity?

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