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Inappropriate story problems pulled from math workbook

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two questions in a Granite School District math workbook have been pulled by the district after a teacher noticed they were in poor taste.

A math teacher first noticed the questions in a workbook that accompanies a textbook and notified the district of them Thursday. One problem, about interest rates, was a scenario about a loan shark and the other involved a serial killer.

Administrators have taken steps to remove the problems from the workbook. Both were about midway through the workbook, and not set to be assigned until much later in the year. The workbook was developed in collaboration with Jordan School District, and the districts used national shareware math resources.

"Creating and evaluating online resources is a new horizon, but one that is going to continue," the district said in a statement on their Facebook page. "As such, we are further scrutinizing and bolstering our review process of those types of materials to ensure this does not occur again."

The district "deeply regrets" that those questions were included in the workbook. Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley said they are confident students will not see the problems.

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