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5,881 hits 3.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by drurygal

If an elementary school teacher dies in a car accident - and wasn't wearing her seat belt - is it in poor taste to use this as an opportunity to teach the children the importance of wearing seat belts?
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11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 10:44:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I say use it. It would be especially useful to her actual students.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 10:47:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Use it, there is never an inopportune time to teach kids about stuff like that.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:03:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is entirely inappropriate but this question made me laugh. I see a humorous sketch comedy segment.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 12:31:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I say use the opportunity, that person should have been wearing a seat belt, that much is obvious. It's not like they're making an ad to say "haha you're dead, idiot!"
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 12:44:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
My younger brother had a teacher (6th grade) who last month was arrested for manslaughter when she was driving over the speed limit, while drunk, and crashed into another car going at about 60 mph, killing a passenger of the other car who wasn't wearing their seat belt.

I'm sure they could think of a way to turn that into a lesson of ethics and personal responsibility.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 5:32:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
That would be in terribly poor taste
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:09:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
In the end, use it. Show people it can happen to anyone, at anytime. Fatal accidents don't exclusively happen to mindless drunkards.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:12:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Then again, the teacher should probably be kept anonymous. I think that's good taste. And if I were publicizing it, I would consult with the family first, to get an idea of what I was getting into.

I don't think any tabloid would exhibit that kind of consideration, however.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:12:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, poor taste but not completely off-putting. Not what I'd reccomend as a teachable moment for elementary school kids, though.

While I have a soapbox here, not opposed to teaching kids basic safetey but I don't think that not wearing a seatbelt should be illegal in any state for people over 18.

What is in bad taste is what my high school did, displayed the completely wrecked car of students who were injured and one dead right outside the school gates as a warning against drunk driving. The student's close friends were especially upset.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:17:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 12/16/09 - 10:44:49 AM HaroldtheBat wrote:
I say use it. It would be especially useful to her actual students.


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11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:19:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is in poor taste to not use the opportunity to prevent young people from learning about the fatality of car accidents.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 5:33:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm torn. There are other ways to teach students about seatbelts and I think with elementary school students, it really would come off as blaming the teacher for her own death in their minds.
And also, if the teachers family was not okay with the idea of it, then I say absolutely not.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 5:36:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
use it. thats the sort of thing that will stay in kids mind. although if you teach your child from the start to put a belt on it becomes habit.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 9:44:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Interesting question. I'd use it, it would really hit home to the kids. You don't have to vilify the teacher to make her an example.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 9:46:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
that seems like a horribly inopportune time to do that
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 9:46:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
i guess it *would be opportune, but inappropriate
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/17/09 - 9:46:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think, if you are going to use it, use it somewhere where the teacher wasnt teaching at because the little kids would be torn apart by this.
If you tell the children at the school how their teacher died then they would automatically know that bad things can happen if they dont wear thier seatbelts

personally i dont think its the elementary students that we need o worry about when it comes to seat belts, its the adults and teenagers, because whenever you forget to put on your seatbelt in the car, its usually the little kid thats telling you to put it on.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 12/18/09 - 9:02:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Interesting responses. =)

The teacher I have in mind.... To my knowledge, there wasn't any big ordeal about using her as an example to the students. When I think about it, they probably wouldn't even HAVE to go out of their way to use it. The kids know the teacher died, and everywhere on the news they mention she was not wearing her seat belt. As far as I know, they just had a bunch of counselors ready to talk to students at some of the schools. I don't know details about what the students have been told.

In the comment section of one of the online news articles, some people were upset that it mentions everywhere "she was not wearing her seat belt." I guess some people get tired of hearing that, especially in cases where the person who died is a close family member or friend.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 12/18/09 - 9:04:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
But I kind of think that's part of the news. They ALWAYS mention if the person was or wasn't wearing the seat belt. If you don't want to hear anything about it, don't turn on the radio or the TV news for a week. Am I heartless? Besides, I imagine that news is hard to hear over and over regardless of the details of the accident.
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 1/13/10 - 4:01:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course you use it as an opportunity. Why the hell not? It's not ANY form of disrespect whatsoever. They FAILED to use a seat belt, and that is what caused their death. Nobody said there had to be a giant lecture analyzing how she could have been better off. A simple "accidents like these could have been prevented with use of a seat belt" would suffice.
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 1/13/10 - 5:09:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Poor taste. Kids get taught about seatbelts by their parents, not through a teacher's death. For elementary school kids, using their dead teacher as an example would muddle the morning process.
9 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 11/13/11 - 7:57:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
*mourning*
9 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 11/13/11 - 8:15:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 12/16/09 - 11:19:35 PM bluedaisy11 wrote:
It is in poor taste to not use the opportunity to prevent young people from learning about the fatality of car accidents.


This may be the first and possibly only time I agree with Bluedaisy
9 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 11/13/11 - 8:40:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
if I was the one who died I'd say use it if it might save one other life - I wonder what the teacher would want
9 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 11/13/11 - 10:50:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/17/09 - 9:46:26 PM sportsgrl wrote:
i think, if you are going to use it, use it somewhere where the teacher wasnt teaching at because the little kids would be torn apart by this. If you tell the children at the school how their teacher died then they would automatically know that bad things can happen if they dont wear thier seatbelts
So which is it?

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