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Originally published Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 9:03 PM

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Teacher suspended over lyrics to song criticizing education

A high-school teacher in Spokane has been placed on leave for allegedly handing out the lyrics to a hip-hop song that criticizes the education system on the first day of school.

SPOKANE — A high-school teacher in Spokane has been placed on leave for allegedly handing out the lyrics to a song by Seattle hip-hop duo Blue Scholars that criticizes the education system on the first day of school.

Spokane schools spokeswoman Terren Roloff said Wednesday the district was investigating the allegation.

She said it was too early to say if the teacher, who was not publicly identified, will be punished.

Roloff did not have details about the song, but the Seattle duo said the song was called "Commencement Day."

The song is an indictment of the education system, featuring profanity.

The group said Wednesday on its Twitter account that it "recently got an e-mail from a student in Spokane."

"A teacher at Shadle Park HS was suspended for playing our song 'Commencement Day' in class," the group tweeted.

Prometheus Brown, emcee for Blue Scholars, posted on his personal Twitter account that several other Shadle Park students in the class had contacted him and that he was going to "find out more info and find a way to support this fine educator."

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