“Students cried and hid under tables”

What kind of sick and twisted staff member of an elementary school would stage a fake gunman for six graders? YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT! They 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.”

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 mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

“We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation,” he said.

But parents of the sixth-grade students were outraged. (Watch student recount incident, mother react)

Now think back when you were in six grade, and imagine how you would have reacted and felt if your teachers told you a gunman was running loose and this was not a drill. Imagine if one of the teachers put on a hooded sweat shirt and pulled on the locked door to the room you were hiding in. Try to imagine being in that room as a six grader with the lights turned off as you hid under a table, thinking you were about to die.

“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.

What the hell is wrong with those people? Have we not seen enough fear mongering to last for a long time to come? It’s fine to teach the kids a lesson and make them safer if something was to happen, but this is plain stupid and insane. What happens to those kids now? What will this do to them now that those teachers chose to use tactics that are not only “poor judgment”, but criminal?

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3 Responses to “Students cried and hid under tables”

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  2. Donnie

    We don’t even want to know how this mother would have reacted if some fool a*s teachers pulled a stunt like this with my daughter’s class.

    Those teachers need to be arrested.

  3. It would not have taken a kid of my own to make me freak. If anyone I knew went there, it would be thunder dome time!

    Warning: The beat down you are about to receive is not a drill!!!!!! The wounds you about to take part in, are real. The fear you are about to experience is very real, and is intended for educational purposes! Learn well, and pass on this lesson.