North Carolina School Scares Students With Fake, Masked Gunman During Exercise
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A North Carolina school is in hot water with parents after they executed what they are calling an “enrichment exercise”.
During the so called exercise, a school employee, armed with a toy gun and wearing a ski mask, burst into a sixth grade classroom and pretended to steal an item at gunpoint.
The teacher then explained who the “criminal” really was.
Following the incident, the school received several communications from parents who were upset with the way the skit was carried out.
So many complaints were received that the school was forced to send out a letter on the incident. Here is part of that letter,
As part of an enrichment lesson on exhibiting good citizenship and observing your surroundings, another staff member entered the sixth grade classrooms and pretend to steal an item while dressed in a ski-mask and holding a toy pistol. Even though the play-acting caused some initial concerns, once the ski was completed, the teachers quickly explained who the person was and that the ‘theft’ was not real.
According to ABC, the school district acknowledges that the execution of the exercise was problematic, but also defends the original intent.
“It obviously did lack that sensitivity that was needed…all of our schools work very hard to promote a safe learning environment…in this situation, the exercise in its original intent was appropriate, but in how it was executed it obviously lacked judgment,” said Ken Derksen, Public Information Officer with the Wayne County Public Schools.