Pittsfield, Mass.

By ANNE RUDERMAN
Concord Monitor staff
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December 23. 2005 8:00AM

An eighth-grade English assignment at Pittsfield Middle High School last week asked students to make and wear the yellow star that Jews were required to have on their clothing during the Holocaust.

The graded assignment, intended to teach students empathy in conjunction with a unit about Anne Frank, sparked protest from students who said it violated their religious freedom, English teacher Harry Mitchell said.

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