Some Americans do have a sense of humour !!!!!

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  1. And there was me thinking that after all this time that the americans were almost like the Germans with their sense of humour, and what should i come across in todays Daily Telegraph,

    Staff at an American primary school are facing disciplinary action after staging 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.

    Less than a month after the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech university, staff at Scales Elementary School, near Nashville, Tennessee, staged the mock attack as a learning experience for 11-year-olds during a school outing.

    During the trip last week, 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.

    advertisementAfter 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."

    Assistant principal Don Bartch, who led the outing to Fall Creek Falls park, said the prank lasted five minutes and was used to discuss "what we would have done in a real situation."

    Parents, however, said they 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.

    Principal Catherine Stephens was forced to call a meeting of parents after the children returned home. She admitted the prank was "poor judgment" but added: "My hope is that we can learn from this and in the end it will have a positive result of growth for all of us."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/15/wshooting15.xml
     
  2. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    You owe me several expensive pieces of IT equipment now!!!!!

    That is absolute class, I am just imagining a Brass Eye version of this!!!!!!!
     
  3. It's just as well the kids weren't tooled up. Imagine the result if one of them had raided his Grandfather's arsenal before going to school!
     
  4. Only in America... hope they're fully insured for the impending lawsuits.

    Made me laugh though ;P
     
  5. Good job there were no gun wielding Die Hard/lethal weapon cop on leave with his trusty weapon or there could of been a few of the teachers seeing it backfire. I wonder if the laundry bills were sent by the parents to the principle :twisted:
     
  6. B.astard just spat my cup of tea all over the keyboard...quality.. :lol: :lol:
     
  7. Their sense of humor should be tested by firing them: the more they laugh upon receiving the news, the more humorous we might infer they are.

    They should be made to learn that children entrusted to their care are not toys for their private amusement.

    Some of them have that misapprehension and it's also revealed by the alarming frequency with which they reportedly initiate sexual contacts with children.

    Edited: I don't mean to imply that the teachers who orchestrated this episode initiate sexual contacts with children.
     
  8. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Sorry, I thought you were talking about the USMC vid :roll:
     
  9. Oh i don't know.

    it is an important and realistic lesson the kids should learn as par t of the 3 rs.

    Reading, (w)Riting and Reaction to effective enemy fire.

    When it happens for real and these kids know what to do, who will be moaning?
     
  10. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    One phrase springs to mind 'good drills', which if I'm not mistaken was exactly the point rather than solely a practical joke?
     
  11. :clap: