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Should Content Made By #MeToo Perpetrators Be Shown in Schools?

Maddy Bryant, Author

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Here at Millburn Middle School, in classes like Human Rights and 7th and 8th grade health, we have watched movies made by Morgan Spurlock that were specially adapted to be shown in schools. Recently, however, Spurlock opened up on Twitter, saying that he was “part of the problem,” in reference to the #MeToo movement. He admitted to sexual misconduct against one women, including the accusations of raping another while he was in college. His movies, such as Supersize Me and 30 Days are still being shown in classes, despite the news.

Students in an 8th grade Human Rights class were asked “Based on what you’ve learned about the director Morgan Spurlock, should this class continue to utilize the 30 Days episode, ‘Life on an Indian Reservation?’” Almost 30% of girls said that the movie should not be shown, and 20% of the boys agreed.

In addition, students were given the chance to voice their opinion in a comment section of the poll. One female student said, “The 30 Days episode, ‘Life on an Indian Reservation’ is not about Morgan Spurlock. The main purpose of showing it is for students to understand Native American life in the United States.”

On the other hand, another female student said, “He has attacked women in the past and allowing kids to watch that and promoting him in a way is showing how people can get away with it.”

In the group of boys, comments were just as divided, with one male student simply saying, “I do not like to support people who have disrespected another human being,” and another saying, “While I believe that what Morgan Spurlock did was wrong and punishable, the episode, ‘Life on an Indian Reservation’ does give insight to Americans on what is happening to the indigenous people, the history of which is shrouded in controversy in American education.”

Overall, it seems like the people who believe the movie should not be shown think that watching Spurlock’s movies will normalize sexual assault, while the people who believe the movie should be shown think that Spurlock’s movie is purely educational.

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