Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Kimberly Cobene and Evangeline Garcia
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A California teacher reportedly sent his high school students home with a bizarre request for extra credit.

"It was to go into your parents' private drawers or whatever to seek out sexual toys or condoms, or anything of that nature, and to take a selfie with it," one student's mother, Kimberly Cobene, told KPIX.


Cobene, along with another mother, Evangeline Garcia, told the news station that they learned of the assignment from a counselor at an after-school program their sophomore daughters attend.

Officials at Encinal High in Alameda told the moms that the teacher was probably joking, but both moms say that one student who completed the task got extra credit for their work.

"From what I understand, a student actually did it, and [the teacher] used that as an example of what it should look like for the other students," Cobene said.

Garcia added: "If the kids took it as a joke, then why did one kid take it serious and actually did the extra credit work, and was shown as an example in class?"


Both parents want the male teacher, who was not named in the report, fired.

"We don't feel comfortable with our children in his presence. All they could tell us is that, 'Oh, this is an HR issue. It's being investigated.' They are not at liberty to tell me anything other than that," Garcia told the news station. "It's kinda been the runaround."


KPIX notes that the school district has not said whether the teacher has been disciplined for the alleged actions. Susan Davis of the Alameda Unified School District told the news station, "I can't give you details about that because it's an ongoing investigation."

But the moms have made it clear that they don't think the assignment was funny and they want something done about it.


"If the school and the district doesn't protect them, I will," Cobene said. "I will."

Read more at KPIX.

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