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Teachers stage fake armed attack on elementary school students

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Perry White, May 14, 2007.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    All I have to say is WTF?!?!?!?!?


    Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

    The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

    "We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation," he said.

    But parents of the sixth-grade students were outraged.

    "The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them," said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.

    Some parents said they were upset by the staff's poor judgment in light of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 students and professors dead, including the gunman.

    During the last night of the trip, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose. They were told to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on locked door.

    After the lights went out, about 20 kids started to cry, 11-year-old Shay Naylor said.

    "I was like, 'Oh My God,' " she said. "At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out."

    Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation "involved poor judgment."
  2. JR

    JR Well-Known Member


    The lawsuits will take up most of Tennessee's budget.
  3. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Holy shit. What a bunch of fuckups! And these people are supposed to be teaching our children? Wow.
  4. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    Now the school system is saying it was just a prank that the students were anticipating: http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070514/NEWS04/705140375
  5. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    Wow. I can only imagine how scary this must have been for those kids. When I was that age, I hated overnight trips, even without mock gun attacks. I wouldn't be surprised if some kids need therapy after this and the school district needs to pay for it.
  6. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    They should all be fired.

    There are idiots in every profession.

    They just don't own the Arizona Cardinals or have a name that rhymes with Ferrell Bowens.

    Plus, these are not exactly the first-string teachers or school administrators we have on the field right now.
  7. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    My native state has come so far from the days of the Scopes trial.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Imagine if a couple kids from the group decided to play a prank and scare everyone by pretending to be gunmen.

    Wonder what would happen to the kids?
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    If no one gets fired, then the teachers have won.
  10. Deeb!
  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Everyone pack up and go over to FB's thread at Sports & News.

  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    This one has more traction. I'm sure everyone assume's F-B's is a political thread.
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