How did you feel when you heard about the Virgina Tech shootings? Were you terrified? Did you pray your children would never endure such a horrid and terrifying experience?
Now how would you feel if your child's teachers, the very people you trust on a daily basis with your child's physical and mental well being, decided to stage a fake gun man attack? On sixth graders. While they were away from home on a school trip. Without your permission. Telling the children that it was real and NOT a drill. Turning the lights off in the room and telling children to get under their desks. Even going so far as having a teacher in a hooded sweatshirt pull on a door handle.
Sixth Graders terrified, scared, and crying with fresh memories of 32 students being massacred at Virginia Tech, hiding under their desks thinking they might die.
Seem unreal and outlandish? Read this report from CNN:
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) -- 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 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??!! There is a lot more involved here than poor judgment. What in the hell made these teachers and administrators think they had any right to do such a thing? As a parent I would be more than outraged. I would have found every single one of them involved and told them exactly what brand of hideous and cruel monsters I thought they were and then I would have beat some sense into their heads. I am not a violent person and do not usually believe it solves anything. But if any group of people ever deserved to have some sense beat into them, it is the participants of this charade.
How will these children ever feel they can trust a teacher again after being subjected to this insane and sickening exercise? We do not subject prisoners in the U.S.A. to acts of cruel and unusual punishment, but this school faculty felt it was acceptable to subject innocent young children, sixth graders to this type of terrifying mental abuse?
What is almost as sickening as the act itself is that the school 'did not comment' on whether these faculty involved would be punished. They should have been fired immediately after stepping off their bus once they returned home!!!
What do you think should be done with the staff involved?
How do you feel about this situation?
How do you feel about this situation?