E. Oregon school kills zombie survival class

E. Oregon school kills zombie survival class

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 11: Romain Griffith dressed as a zombie prowls for human flesh at a "Zombie First Responder" class March 11, 2012 in Sandy, Oregon. In an intensive 2-day curriculum participants train in everything from wilderness and urban survival, nerf or nerd weaponry, stealth and evasion, and proper zombie "disposal". (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM

HERMISTON, Ore. -- A northeastern Oregon school district says an extra-curricular "zombie survival skills" class at a middle school is no more. It has been replaced by an "exploratory reading class."

The Hermiston School District announced the change Wednesday for Armand Larive Middle School.

According to the East Oregonian, Superintendent Fred Maiocco says he was unaware of the zombie class until he read a newspaper article about its popularity.

Maiocco says he "couldn't believe that would actually be a class."

Some parents had questioned the educational value of the class and worried about violent subject matter.

Social studies teacher Rich Harshberger told the newspaper his class focused mainly on survival skills and included both a reading and writing component. He'll be teaching the new reading class.

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