14/08/2014 16:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teen Pupils Told To Write Suicide Notes For Homework

Teen pupils instructed to write suicide notes for homework

Parents were left stunned after they discovered their teenage children were instructed to suicide notes for their homework.

The pupils at New York's York elite Prep $41,000-a-year private school were given the macabre assignment by their English teacher.

They were asked to write the letter from the perspective of May Boatwright, a character who kills herself in The Secret Life of Bees, a best-selling book and film.

"We were pretty stunned at the scope of the assignment," said a father of a student at the school told the New York Post.

"We thought this was such an outrageous assignment for a 14-year-old to get. We pay a lot of money to send our kids to the school."

Headmaster Ronald Stewart said that he had not received any complaints from the parents.