What Were They Thinking???

5 comments May 13th, 2007at 11:21pm Posted by Eli

I just cannot imagine how anyone could ever have thought this was a good idea…

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 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.


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.”

Principal Stephens has a real gift for understatement. This sounds like a firing-on-the-spot offense to me, but what do I know.

(h/t TPM)

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  • 1. Glenn  |  May 14th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    We’re talking child abuse here. Sorry. Fire their asses.

  • 2. kyklops  |  May 14th, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Fire *and* sue their asses…

  • 3. Eli  |  May 14th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Sounds about right to me.

    The amazing and scary thing is that *multiple* teachers actually had to think this was a good idea.

  • 4. LJ/Aquaria  |  May 15th, 2007 at 7:39 am

    This is what irrational fear has done to the typical conservative brain, pure and simple:

    “I’m scared! Why isn’t everyone else as scared as I am? Don’t they understand they’re supposed to be scared? I know! I’ll make them be that scared, too! Yeah! That’s the ticket!”

    Reminds me of that Kinks song, “Paranoia:”

    There’s a time device inside of me, I’m a self-destructin’ man
    There’s a red, under my bed
    And there’s a little green man in my head
    And he said, “you’re not goin’ crazy, you’re just a bit sad
    ‘Cause there’s a man in ya, knawin’ ya, tearin’ ya into two.”

    Silly boy ya’ self-destroyer.
    Paranoia, the destroyer

    Self-destroyer, wreck your health
    Destroy your friends, destroy yourself
    The time device of self-destruction
    Light the fuse and start eruptin’

  • 5. Eli  |  May 15th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    But what if the kids learn the wrong lesson, and end up wanting guns to be kept out of the hands of criminals and dangerously unstable people, rather than demanding the right to pack heat?

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