Now comes another one of these horrendous events, again from the UK. School condemned after pupils left in tears by mock shooting tells the following story: a teacher, gunned down by a stranger on the playground during a fire drill in front of students. Blackminster Middle School, in Evesham, Worcs, was the latest school in this pattern of faked, violent, and frightening scenarios where students emotions and psychological state are tweaked, and parents are not notified beforehand. During a fire drill, students were witness to what they believed was a real event:
But they [students] were left in terror as a man appeared brandishing a gun and appeared to shoot dead Richard Kent, their science teacher, as he ran across a field.
Following a loud bang simulating a gunshot, other staff involved in the act rushed to the teacher's aid and appeared to try to resuscitate him.
There was a delay of 10 minutes before weeping pupils were taken back to the assembly hall where teachers explained that the pretend shooting had been laid on as part of a science lesson.
But some of the children were left in shock with some being sick and one girl suffering a panic attack, parents claim.
As is usual with these events, parents are not notified that these staged events are to occur, and in fact, the schools seem to be getting pretty blatant about the whole thing. During this event there were a few parents at the school who were also unaware of what was to take place. Students suffered panic attacks, were hysterical, etc. because they thought their teacher had just been killed.
In the past, the reasons given for these frightening scenes appear sound and educationally appropriate; as part of creative writing exercises, to foster creativity and critical thinking and so on. This one was part of a science project:
role-playing exercise had been intended to teach Year 8 pupils how to investigate, collect facts and analyse evidence.
Head teacher Terry Holland said: "The role play was part of a science lesson where a selection of students and teachers acted out this scenario.
The school insists that “most of them already knew it was a spoof...” but that seems suspect, given the history of these events. And “spoof” suggests a light comedic send up of something, not a scenario where a teacher is murdered in front of students.
Given the past incidents of furious parents and scared students during these stunts, you’d think the educators and politicians behind the educators would have realized the kinds of responses they’d receive to their “role-playing exercises.” However, if one assumes, as I do, that those responsible for these scenes know exactly what they’re doing and why -- hidden agendas, in other words -- they will continue to act disingenuously.
Stunning surreal clues to hidden agendas and things to come:
It was one of the more popular teachers who played the victim, I don't think there would have been as much concern if it was one or two of the others."Did I read this right; that students would not have been as traumatized if the gunned down teacher -- if what they believed at the time to be, a murdered person -- wasn’t “one of the more popular teachers?”
In a letter to parents, the school gave the following statement:
"We have reflected on the matter and now feel that the time delay was too long and pupils should have been reassured instantly to allay their concern.
Acknowledgment of mishandling but not too much; note that they didn’t feel the time delay was a bad thing, just that it was “too long,” and that the staged event should have still taken place, only that students should have been “reassured instantly.” In fact, from this statement, there is no acknowledgment that the fake scene shouldn’t have occurred in the first place, only that, well, maybe a less popular teacher could have been the victim, and students told it was fake a bit sooner.
As I've commented in other items about these staged events, something specific is going on here, and it has nothing to do with seemingly idealistic educational bits like "fostering creative thinking" -- these events are intensely purposeful, and with a much bigger "scenario" waiting in the wings.
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