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Teach Kids to Be Aware at School

School Employee Acts Like Armed Robber in School Lesson

Students need to learn to be aware of their surroundings, but several North Carolina parents are upset with their school's teaching method, after a staff member of Eastern Wayne Middle School dressed as an armed robber and entered the school. Given current concerns about school shootings, critics say having the employee don a ski mask and wield a toy gun for the lesson on good citizenship lacked better judgment.

To read some of the parents' responses to the lesson, read the whole story on The Huffington Post.

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ChetMC ChetMC 3 years
I'm not clear on the problem. It sounds like the school was completely fine with the exercise, and only took issue with the fact that the animator put on a ski mask and carried a toy guy to dress the part. The kids were in grade 6 - certainly old enough to understand what was going on. I really don't think enough information is given to be clear on whether something really went wrong here. I do think it's within the realm of reason for someone to wear a ski mask and carry a toy gun when they're playing the part of an armed robber. I will say however, that parents need to get over this idea that their job is to protect their children from all trauma. Parents need to help their children learn to cope with difficulty, not avoid it at all cost. It seems to me that a more realistic exercise could be slightly more valuable as a teaching tool.
Maritza34110 Maritza34110 3 years
My opinion of this varies. Did the staff know it was a drill? Did the parents know about the drill? Did the students? If the answer is yes then by all means teach the children what to do. We have fire drills, hurricane drills and science lab drills so I don't see why not a shooter drill. Now if I as a parent and my child were not aware that it was a drill I would be be concerned. I wouldn't want my child traumatized.
missnanny missnanny 3 years
Stupidity reigns! Could have resulted in a disaster!
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