Another case of overreacting administrators.
When I was a teaching intern for a biology course, I helped the teacher prepare exams. The weirder and wilder the question the better, because we wanted the pupils to learn how to sift out the unnecessary details from the core question or problem.
Anyway, if I were that math teacher, being that my sense of humor never evolved beyond the 3rd grade level, my questions would have been grosser. Instead of the dying thing, I'd say something like, "...John pooped out 537 of the marbles, which were then collected in a cup and thrown into the garden compost pile where they were subsequently ingested by 9 raccoons, one of whom barfed up 7 marbles and pooped out 15 of them, the second one pooped out 3 marbles and barfed up 17..." and so forth.
I would have gotten drop-kicked out the door in half the time that it took for them to fire that math teacher. lol