Quote from chatsdale
that's not quite how it happened although it was horribly wrong what they did. you would think adults would have better sense and could come up with a innocent type "prank".
sixth grade teacher in tn on a field trip with her class decided it would be a good practical joke to tell them that there was a sniper at the field trip site killing people at random
kids were scared out of their wits and were calling their parents to tell them that they loved them in case they got shot and were never able to speak to loved ones again
parents are horrific and were demanding an explanation
principal saaid it was a poor judgement and an occurance to learn from
after va tech how could a teacher do this to those kids
the nashville tennessean: may 13, 2007
scales elementary sponsors an annual sixth-grade environmental field trip.
throughout the week, the students had been anticipating a typical "campfire" prank from the teachers. the children knew that this was a traditional experience from hearing about previous excursions to the same location by former sixth graders. the lead teacher made comments about this coming "prank" on several occasions that week.
the lead teacher told the students and adults that there were people in the park shooting guns but they were not shooting people. he added that the park ranger had advised him to tell everyone to take cover as a precaution.
the lead teacher had already instructed the children (as a precaution) to get under the tables. the children remained there quietly for a short period of time.
the staff used this incident as a teaching opportunity. the children were praised for following the rules of the school system's "code red" procedure.
most of the students stood up and said, "that was a good one." "yeah, you got me." high fives were exchanged. the children were then sent to their dorms to clean up before bedtime.
no children asked to call their parents or to go home early. the children went to sleep and did not discuss it the following morning.
a meeting with the parents was held saturday afternoon to review the event. of the sixty nine notified, forty-two parents attended. at the conclusion of the meeting, six parents made personal comments to the principal; four were obviously concerned and two were supportive.
the situation is being investigated by the administration and will be dealt with correctly. prompt and appropriate discipline will be taken in this situation according to the director of schools
, marilyn mathis.