JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Written innocently in elementary school crayon are words one fourth-grader barely understands:
"I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure."
Mom Amy Harvey found the shocking scribble crumpled up in her son's backpack.
"I'm shocked, I mean he doesn't even know what it is, he doesn't even know what he's writing," said Harvey.
"My blood pressure was high for a couple days," said the boy's father, Aaron Harvey.
Harvey questioned his son, who told him his teacher at Cedar Hills Elementary, Ms. Cheryl Sabb, asked him and several other students to write the statement.
"I actually used brainwashed as a term there," he said.
Action News obtained the lesson plan for Ms. Sabb's class the day the note was believed to have been written. It includes a lesson about the constitution, but doesn't include anything about this questionable writing assignment.
We reached out to the Duval County School Board for comment on Ms. Sabb's lesson. They provided this written statement:
"The lesson builds awareness of first-amendment rights through a partnership with an association of local attorneys. Our possible concern rests with a follow-up activity that may have been conducted after the lesson. A review and investigation will occur to determine the facts of that assignment."
This mom and dad hope this is the last opinionated lesson their son gets this year.
"He knows as an American you have freedoms you have rights but he doesn't know what they are yet that's what he learns as he gets older," said Harvey. "What she had him write goes against almost all of that."