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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A controversial W. T. White High School English assignment is drawing people’s ire for asking students to write about a modern-day hero, and including accused Kenosha killer, Kyle Rittenhouse among the options.

The 17-year-old was accused of shooting two people to death and wounding another amid protests, which erupted in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Labeled “Hero for the Modern Age,” part one of the assignment asked students to write a half-page biography of each of the following people. Then it lists: Mahatma Gandhi, César Chávez, Malcolm X, George Floyd, Kyle Rittenhouse and Joseph D. Rosenbaum (one of the two protesters Rittenhouse is accused of killing).

The teacher misspelled both Gandhi and Malcolm X.

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Thanks to social media, the story — and the controversy– has of course now gone far beyond North Texas.

CBS 11 News spoke to a relative of one of the students who complained. Concerned about retaliation, she only wanted her first name — “Kristian” used. She said there is just so much wrong with the assignment and believes that the teacher cannot be trusted in a position of authority over students.

“From the spelling, to the grammar, no women on the list… and then a white supremacist murderer,” she said, questioning the teacher’s character.

For personnel reasons, Dallas ISD can’t name the teacher involved.

However, CBS 11 News reached out to the teacher whose name was on the assignment, asking for a first-person explanation.

We are awaiting a response.

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Kyle Richards is facing major backlash over the ever-evolving story of a ring that was stolen from her home.

© Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Kyle Richards

Last week, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star claimed on "Secrets Revealed" that a ring taken from her home during a 2018 burglary was being worn by a long-nailed psychic in Santa Monica, Calif. Kyle made this statement after the alleged ring bizarrely turned up on Diane Keaton's Instagram.

A few days after the claim, a TikTok user indicated that woman in the Instagram picture was her grandmother. Further, the girl was adamant that her grandma had owned the bauble long before the Kyle burglary. Then, on Sept. 28, the woman, Diana French, appeared on "Inside Edition" and demanded an apology from Kyle while insisting that she's owned the ring for decades. To back her claim, Diana — who says she's a retired pharmacist, not a fortune teller — produced old pictures that showed her with the gold ring and the original appraisal from 40 years ago.

Fans are now coming the woman's defense and slamming Kyle.

"Apologize to the pharmacist for falsely accusing her of stealing your ring!!!," one of Kyle's Instagram followers angrily said.

Another wrote, "It's the woman's ring, given to her by her father after her mother died. How shameful, she deserves a major apology."

© Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Kyle Richards style

To be fair, Kyle never accused the woman of stealing the ring. She suspected that Diana innocently purchased the ring at a pawn shop after it was stolen, a claim that certainly appears to now be false. While Kyle didn't directly accuse Diana of heisting the ring, fans felt that, at the very least, she implied it. 

Others noted the ring wasn't custom made, so there were certainly more than one in the market.

"You gotta apologize to that lady u calmed stole 'your ring' when there are probably hundreds like it," one person said. 

© Milne/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock Mauricio Umansky Kyle Richards

The ring fiasco also came amid rumors that Kyle and her husband, Mauricio Umansky, were splitting. TMZ, citing sources close to the family, reported on Sept. 29 that the couple is on very solid footing.  

The rumor appears to have started by a reality TV fan's single tweet. It would soon gain momentum. Still TMZ said Kyle and Mauricio are "not only doing well in their marriage — they feel closer than ever due to the pandemic."

Perhaps in response to the untrue rumors, Kyle posted a photo with her husband from a bike ride in Aspen, Colo. The photo angered some, as they harkened back to the ring story.

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A post shared by Kyle Richards Umansky (@kylerichards18) on Sep 28, 2020 at 12:50pm PDT

"You have time to be posting pictures so im pretty sure you also have time to APOLOGIZE to the poor lady who YOU ACCUSED of stealing "your ring"," one fan wrote. "Girl please you're not the only one with that same ring , OBVIOUSLY. It like saying hey thats my phone you stole it mine is gold too."

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