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T-post Tom
05-13-2007, 10:58 PM

Teachers stage fake gunman attack on sixth graders

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."


05-13-2007, 11:05 PM
Well thought-out plan...

05-13-2007, 11:07 PM
"I was like, 'Oh My God,' "


Rain Man
05-13-2007, 11:17 PM
Those teachers are going to regret not shooting a kid or two and then saying that the gunman left.

05-14-2007, 06:58 AM
Wow...I can't think of anything else to say. Unbelievable :shake:

Al Bundy
05-14-2007, 07:07 AM
Not surprising in Tennessee....

Easy 6
05-14-2007, 07:16 AM
Schools have announced drills all the time, why should this be any different???

Everyone involved in this dumbass scheme should never teach again.

Mile High Mania
05-14-2007, 07:22 AM
I can't imagine that we haven't read about one of the parents beating one of the teachers within an inch of their life at this point...

I have no idea how to explain how I might react to something as crazyily insanse as this event. I have 3 kids and cannot begin to fathom my reaction.

05-14-2007, 07:25 AM
Stupid is as stupid does, teach them training first, just don't throw it at them to scare the crap out of them.

Easy 6
05-14-2007, 10:15 AM
What if one of those kids had some kind of condition, went into shock or God knows what???

Or tried to do something drastic like jump out of a window or something & got hurt or killed???

These "teachers" are in DEEP shit.

05-14-2007, 10:30 AM
Can't wait for parent-teacher conferences

05-14-2007, 10:43 AM
Lucky for the teachers there wasn't a parent that was carrying down there. Would've taught the teachers a real lesson if the parent went Rambo on the "gunman".