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TEACHER IN PHILADEPHIA BUYS 50 Shades of Grey for 14 year old student

TEACHER IN PHILADEPHIA BUYS 50 Shades of Grey for  14 year old student

A Philadelphia mother wants her son’s high school teacher fired after he bought the teen the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading.

Maya Ladson says she was shocked to find a copy of the racy read in her 14-year-old’s book bag back on March 9. That shock turned to outrage when she found out how he got the book.

“The minute I found out about it, it raised concern,” the mother told Thursday. “This is not OK to me. This is major.”

Ladson's son, who is a 9th grade student at Eastern University Academy Charter School in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, asked for and was given the book by his teacher and adviser Philip Aidoo.

According to the school, Aidoo asked students for a list of books they would like to read during an independent reading period. Ladson’s son’s requested Fifty Shades of Grey. Aidoo then went online and ordered the book.

Ladson acknowledges that her son asked for the book.

“It clearly states on the cover, that the book is for mature audiences and has high sexual content,” Ladson said. “This was a 100-percent act of negligence. There should never be pornographic material purchased and distributed to a student by a school teacher.”

Eastern University Academy Charter School Chief Operating Officer Yvonne Turner calls the teacher’s actions a mistake.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Aidoo did not have an awareness of this popular book and ordered it with his own money,” she said. Turner says Aidoo also ordered books for other students, all of which were G-rated.

“I find it highly unlikely that a teacher who teaches reading and has a classroom for sustained silent reading period is unaware of contents of material that he’s giving to the students, let alone the material being pornographic material,” Ladson told

Once Aidoo’s purchase was brought to the school’s attention by Ladson, officials immediately launched an investigation, according to Turner.

Officials met with Ladson and Aidoo and made a recommendation of action against the teacher, which the school didn't disclose. Ladson said she was not satisfied with the recommendation and filed a grievance with the school’s board of trustees. They heard the case and decided Wednesday to suspend the teacher for one week without pay.

Ladson says a suspension is not enough and wants Aidoo removed from the school.

“We all agree that it was a very serious mistake, however, it does not warrant a termination,” Turner said.

After Ladson told officials about the Grey incident, the school held a meeting with the parents of all the teacher’s students to notify them about the situation, according to Turner. Aidoo has taught math and advised at the 7th-12th grade school for several years.

“We heard nothing but high praises and support for Mr. Aidoo,” Turner said. “We have to deal with these things in a fair and impartial way which the school has attempted to do.”

Ladson says her son’s education has been compromised. Turner says the school is putting together a plan to move the 14-year-old to another class for the next trimester. The school has also enacted a policy that officials must now approve any purchase intended for students, she says.

The school has been on break for the past month. Ladson says when classes resume on Monday, she plans to protest outside the school with other parents.

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Comment by shimauma on May 4, 2013 at 7:29am

A similar incident happened when my oldest was 14, a school librarian offered her a book he said she would be able to associate with. It was a book about a teenaged girl's transformation into a LESBIAN ie sexual deviant, called "Metamorphasis". I think he took my daughter's gruff demeanor and tom-boyishness for some signal and decided to nudge her toward perversity.  Thankfully my daughter tossed it back at him when she realized the subject of the book and then told me about it, but it just goes to serve that public school officials are hard core about indoctrinating our children into deviant lifestyles and will take it upon themselves to decide what our kids should be taught. 


This teacher in Philadelphia claimed he had no idea what the book was about; I call shenanigans on that excuse. There is NO WAY he hadn't seen the firestorm about that series and what the book was about. If he ordered it on line, there was a summary, there were warnings.  He knew exactly what he was buying this kid, and I gotta think he had some agenda about doing it.

Comment by Harry Mathews on May 4, 2013 at 8:29am

We are going through a book review process in Gilbert right now for this very reason. I am going to be reviewing a book which i suspect to be nothing by multicultural claptrap. The book was recommended by an AP teacher from what i understand. Gotta keep an eye on 'em for sure!


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