It's one thing to make kids do homework assignments on cannibals and bloodthirsty aliens—it's an entirely different thing to force them to face their own mortality and justify killing themselves for English class. That's what parents allege that a York Prep teacher made her students do: “We thought this was such an outrageous assignment for a 14-year-old to get,” a father of one student there told the Post. “We pay a lot of money to send our kids to the school.” Though obviously not enough to shield them from confronting their own mortal coil.

Teacher Jessica Barrish assigned the students to channel May Boatwright from "The Secret Life of Bees" by writing in first person about her legacy and how they wanted to be remembered by her sisters. “How would you justify ending your life? What reasons would you give?” the assignment asked. Headmaster Ronald Stewart said that "not a single" parent had complained about the assignment before blabbing to the Post.

New School philosophy professor Simon Critchley, who recently taught a suicide note-writing workshop for adults, said he thought the assignment was fine: “I don’t see why this is inappropriate at all. If it is, then suicide is a taboo, and I simply think we have to think rationally about our taboos,” he said. Well sure, as long as it's not math questions about slavery.

This isn't the first time suicide note-writing has been brought into the classroom: last winter, a French middle school teacher was suspended for asking his 13 and 14-year-old students to pretend they were going to kill themselves, and explain why.

And this isn't the first time Barrish has made the dailies: in May, she filed a $2 million lawsuit against a former college friend who she claimed destroyed her apartment and murdered her cat.