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Teacher fired after assignment asking students comfort level around gays, minorities

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A teacher in Florida is out of a job after giving students an assignment asking them how they feel interacting with students of different races or groups — including young black men, fundamental Christians, Jewish roommates and transsexuals.

The assignment – “How Comfortable Am I?” – was given to students at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill, asking them to rate on a scale of 1 through 4 how content they would feel in various situations like being in a gay bar or dealing with a panhandling homeless man.

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“A group of young black men are walking toward you on the street,” one hypothetical situation read.

It also asked students how they would feel if their “new suite mates are Mexican,” or if they would feel uneasy if “the young man sitting next to you on the plane is Arab.”

Other questions included references to people with learning disabilities, those who are overweight or living with HIV, as well as Muslims, Iranians, Palestinians and Native Americans.

A front desk receptionist at the school confirmed to The Post on Thursday that the teacher behind the assignment — who was still under a probationary period since starting in January — had been fired.

Click here to read more at the New York Post.