Scaring Kids Is Funny

  1. 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
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  3. by   kukukajoo
    That has to be the most awful thing anyone could do to anyone!! How disgusting to torture anyone like that especially kids!
  4. by   donsterRN
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    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
    A practical joke??? Ugh.

    "Poor judgment" seems like an understatement, IMO.
  5. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    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
    If the principal is smart, he'll wish any teachers involved in this fiasco "good luck with your new career", then fire their butts. If he's not smart, he'd better get ready for his district to be driven into bankruptcy from the lawsuits.

    IDIOTS!
  6. by   muffie
    that is sooooooooooooooooooo wrong:trout:
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Sick, sick, sick.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    That teacher's got a pretty messed-up idea of 'funny', if this is what she considers a joke.:angryfire
  9. by   Multicollinearity
    Here is the news story. I was coming here to post it, with my outrage, and I see Chatsdale beat me.

    http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles...00010000000001
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from chatsdale
    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
    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".

    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.

    http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...ws04/705140375
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on May 14, '07
  11. by   oramar
    Boy, the post tell a lot of different stories. I don't know what to believe.
    Last edit by oramar on May 15, '07
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from oramar
    Boy, the post tell a low of different stories. I don't know what to believe.
    It was all over the news here, it happened here, I do think the The Tennessean (The Nashville Newspaper) was a little lienent in their story, but I think the other article went way overboard, I watched it on the local news and was outraged. I didn't see or hear anything about children thinking they were going to die and calling home and stuff like that but they did say they were afraid because the teachers told them this is not the prank this is real. I think the truth lies somewhere between the two articles.
  13. by   nuangel1
    either way it was wrong and in poor judegement .especially in leiu of all the real shooting and violence going on in schools and with the war.these kids are bombarded with violence today they don't need this kind of "joke" or "prank".
  14. by   CHATSDALE
    the cnn version was put on the news perhaps before they had all the facts but the children said that they were told that this was not a drill and that man was in the park shooting at random
    the parents were outraged there was no talk about high fives or that the children laughed and talked about what a good trick that was
    the teacher and the asst principal were suspended w/o pay until the end of the school year..no word on permanent decision about their employment
    but following the va tech shooting this was horrid judgement
    the next time a idiot with a gun pops up the kids are going to think it is a prank and ignore warnings

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