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. 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.

The mock attack 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. 

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Should these teachers be disciplined for staging a fake school gun attack?
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. 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.

The mock attack 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.

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15 yrs ago - Monday 5/21/07 - 6:47:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is sick! Aren't we trying to prevent kids from having to go through traumatizing events like that? It is not just the safety of childrens' lives we need to protect, but also their mental safety.
15 yrs ago - Monday 5/21/07 - 7:00:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Heck Yea! id be just as outraged as those parents if my children were involved in that nonsense. Id get them back with a "fake" scare in the faculty parking lot..
15 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/22/07 - 10:00:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have mixed feelings about this. It's a good learning experience, but the odds if it actually happening are so slim that I don't think it's worth traumatizing the kids. And 6th grade is a little young for this.
15 yrs ago - Friday 5/25/07 - 9:55:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, because some of those children were extremely terrified and might have difficulties dealing with it. I think they might have a hard time trustung adults after being lied to like that. Alot more bad than good came out of the fake school gun attack.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 10:19:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's atrocious. Why? It baffles me.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 10:22:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. They took it way too far.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 10:48:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, thats bad judgment not to mention stupid. Parents are super protective these days, most teachers know this. They should have known better
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/13/07 - 1:33:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree that they took it way too far, but this kind of thing is necessary. For example, in my school, we have lockdowns which is similar to this case, and we have police officers who come and bang on the door and try to see if it's unlocked. We aren't told whether it's real or not, so we all have to sit there wondering if this time, instead of a policeman, we'll have bullets shooting through our door.

However, in this one, they were told it was real, which could be traumatizing. I think it could have been a good learning experience if they hadn't taken it too far, to the point that they did. If they had left it at a lockdown like at my school, that probably would have worked just a little better.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/17/07 - 6:16:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all. Children deserve to be tortured.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/3/08 - 8:38:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it sounds cool. Obviously distressed during, but cool after. I always wished that they would do something like that in my school... but I was a odd
child.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/3/08 - 11:04:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's more good preparation than anything. It is getting more likely that a school could be shot up and all nowadays so it's good to prepare kids for something that might happen and be as real as possible. And since the kids are so young you know they're not going to forget the experience anytime soon.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/4/08 - 1:26:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Good idea, bad approach. This issue is probably one of the least prepared for things in schools. I know we had "code red" drills in shool, but they were such a joke and not effective.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/11/08 - 12:06:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nah, I like the idea. I've always thought they should stage the whole lockdown drill..
Though.. they are little kids and might be traumatized for the rest of their lives.



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