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Great Moments in Public Education VI: Teachers Fake Gunman Attack to Teach Kids a Lesson


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....

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 a 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."

Poor judgment? My mom once had her kindergarteners hide under their desks too. They were freaked out and crying. You know why? Because they were in the middle of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake!

Every single person involved in this emotionally scarring tragedy should be fired, period. These teachers are dumber than the students they teach. They're idiots. Emergency drills are fine and good, but you let the kids know it's a drill. The idea behind a drill is that kids know what to do when cooler heads would otherwise not prevail.

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