Schoolchildren suffered panic attacks and were left crying after a role-play event in which one of their teachers was “shot dead” in the playground.
The children, aged 10 to 13, were traumatised by the stunt, which was part of a science lesson, and were not told that it was a stunt for ten minutes.
Well I guess Zimbardo’s Hell was science too.
The exercise at Blackminster Middle School in Evesham, Worcestershire, began when pupils heard that there was a gun in the school. Five minutes later the alarm bell sounded and more than 300 were sent outside and saw three teachers running across the field.
They saw a “gunman” in the distance and heard what sounded like gunfire before seeing Mr Kent, a religious education teacher, fall to the ground. Colleagues appeared to attempt to resuscitate him.
I’m struggling here. The thing I’m really struggling with is that this whole demented caper must have been planned. Did no one say this is a really bad idea? And what if one of those kids had a mobile and texted the cops and an armed response unit had pitched-up to witness this particular tableau vivant? Wasting police time would be the least of their worries…
Parents claimed that the children were sent back to their classrooms and called into the assembly hall ten minutes later to see that Mr Kent was alive and uninjured. Some said that their children were so shaken by the exercise on Tuesday afternoon that they were sick in the toilets, suffered panic attacks and were still frightened when they got home.
The RE teacher back from the dead! Having said that, from my personal experience of RE teachers it would be hard to tell.
The Reichsfuhrer for children, that incredibly cunning stunt Ed Balls, has said that the Laughing and Grief are irrelevant these days. It would appear that these subjects are alive and well in Worcestershire under the leadership of Sillius Sodus.
Apparently the head teacher has written to parents and promised, “Any role-play activities in the future will be based on themes that are less controversial and non-violent”. Quite what role-play of any form has to do with science lessons is frankly beyond me. Call me old-fashioned but shouldn’t they be learning Ohm’s Law or melting ice in a bucket or something?
Read the whole thing here.