May 13, 2007

AP Via Huffington Post:

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — 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. Read more...

WTF is wrong with these people? It hasn't even been a month since the Virginia Tech shootings and they decide to pull something like this without informing the students or their parents. Brilliant. Is there any doubt that some of these children will have lasting emotional problems from this?

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