ST. CHARLES— A suburban St. Louis teacher's decision to play a rap song with anti-police lyrics has raised concerns.
St. Charles School District Superintendent Randal Charles received complaints after the St. Charles West High School teacher played a 1988 song from the group N.W.A. in a composition class for seniors.
The subject matter was controversial speech, and the teacher was trying to show how people can become desensitized to harsh language. Some have said the song promotes violence against police. Others say it protested police brutality.
Charles said the teacher erred in not getting approval from the principal to play the song.
The teacher's name was not released, and Charles declined to say if the instructor was disciplined.