Since 1992 there have been 387 school shootings in the United States of America, so it’s safe to say that we have a bit of a problem on our hands in our beloved nation. Naturally, many people are advocating that we prepare our children in the event that their school is besieged by a lunatic or an unfortunate youngster who is armed to the brim. How do you do it, though? Do you have your children watch an educational program? Do you teach a special class? Do you torture them with that Michael Moore film? No. Absolutely not. You do what the responsible folks down in Wayne County, North Carolina did…
…they had a masked gunman with a fake weapon give the children a lesson. I should emphasize the children part, seeing as the youngsters in question are in sixth grade.
Well, at least they got the parents’ approval beforehand, given how terrifying and scarring the event would- I’m sorry, what’s that? What?! The parents didn’t even know about it until afterward?
Yup. The parents weren’t informed of the “lesson” – also referred to as an “enrichment exercise” by school officials – until after it happened and only then because the man they paid to dress as the terrorist had apparently exercised a certain level of creative freedom that the school wasn’t expecting. I’d tell you what he did, but the school won’t say. All they will say is that he got “a little too creative.” A representative for the school district would eventually admit that the exercise “obviously lacked judgment” though he insisted that in its original incarnation the lesson was “appropriate”.
Did these people not hear about that Sandy Hook situation? Maybe they just – I don’t know – forgot or something?
In case you’ve been living under a very large rock – or, perhaps, suffer from Alzheimer’s, in which case I apologize for being a bit snooty – Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was assaulted by Adam Lanza, a twenty-year-old honor student with no criminal record, in late 2012. This attack resulted in 26 fatalities – 20 of which were first graders. Lanza was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and went to the school shortly after killing his mother and he would later take his own life after the shooting bringing the total loss of life up to 28 dead. It was pretty big news. But apparently the kind folks down in Wayne County don’t get any of them moving pictures from the miracle box (television) because they thought, “Screw it, let’s terrify these children less than a year after children even younger than them were needlessly massacred by a psychopath.”
Regardless, I think it’s safe to say that the Wayne County School District will be hearing from a few lawyers, as I’m certain at least one of two of those poor kids will be suffering from at least a mild form of PTSD for the rest of their lives. Why? Because instead of having pre-planned, pre-announced drills that detail an action plan in the event of a shooting WCSD had to go and be dramatic. In other words, they were Stanley Kubrick and the children were the actors in ‘The Shining’.
Edited, published by: SB