Not The Happiest Place On Earth: Teachers Under Fire For Disney Prank On Graduating Students

300px-Cindyrella's_Castle_@_Magic_Kingdom220px-BowlerbowlingParents in Ontario, Canada are justifiably angry at a prank pulled by teachers on the graduating students of a South Windsor where students were convinced that they were gong to be taken to Disneyland as a graduation gifts and then crushed when told it was just an elaborate joke. The joke left many students at Roseland in tears and left parents fuming about the worst joke ever.


The teachers brought both Grade 8 classes at Roseland into an assembly room to show them a video of their dream vacation and a powerpoint presentation on all of the fun and rides awaiting them. Even travel brochures and hotel information was passed out. Students were told that deals were available on cheap flights after students expressed concern that their parents might not be able to afford to send them. The teachers then asked the students to yell out “We’re Going To Disney” over and over.

Then with the students screaming with joy, the teachers told them that instead of Disney they would be going to a local bowling alley instead.

Warren Kennedy, director of education of the Greater Essex County District School Board said later that “It was a huge error in judgment. . . I don’t think anyone is happy about this.” Well, that is one way to put it. Another way is to say it is that these teachers took highly impressionable kids and traumatized them with something that was not even remotely funny. I do not even understand why the joke was considered sufficiently funny to justify all of the work. I could understand a quick teasing about “rather than going to Disney this year, we are going to the bowling alley” but to work up the kids with brochures and chants is unbelievable.

I would probably not fire teachers over this, but I do believe written reprimands at a minimum are justified. What do you think?

Source: Canada

42 thoughts on “Not The Happiest Place On Earth: Teachers Under Fire For Disney Prank On Graduating Students

  1. This is so cruel it make me think that there are more details to this story. The absurdity, as you allude to, of putting so much effort into emotionally pranking 13 year olds is staggering. As a Principal of a school, I am interested in hearing from the Principal for some context. Please let their be some context. Otherwise, the district needs to make Involuntary Transfers a district priority this spring to break up such a mob.

  2. The teachers got it backwards. You hype them for a trip to the bowling alley then pull the switcheroo by taking them to Disney.

  3. Meh. This is what passes for humor at the dawn of the new millennium. Cruelty and discomfort make up 90% of what people are laughing at on the Internet & you only have to skim Comedy Centrals stand up shows to see that this was expected to be a joke.

  4. More context would be nice, but hey lets not have that get in the way of a good gag on the teachers.

    have them all called up for review and make every effort possible to have them belive they will be fired, or perhaps even stage mock firings. punishment to fir the crime ;)

  5. Nasty stunt…
    Make the school pay for the student’s excellent vacation in Orlando.

    Somebody know how this is different from religious instruction?

  6. Frankly, I am astounded by what they put not just on the internet but the TV shows like America’s funniest homo videos. The few times I have had it on all I see is people hurting themselves either accidentally or so they can get on tv and people (allegedly) laughing hysterically. Now the “news” shows put on the same kind of videos saying beofre or after how funny it is/laoghing heartedly themselves.
    If I was a parent I might be considering a lawsuit for infliction of emotional pain. Am I going to trust another teacher after this? Am I going to be more willing to misbehave, following the example set by these “teachers”?

  7. It is because we don’t fire teachers for this sort of thing that education of our young has fallen into such disrepair. And unfortunately, so many of the previous posters are right, this sort of make fun of people as fun is all too common. I do not like “comedy” that belittles people.

  8. I’d guess that was teacher payback for all the grief those students had caused them over the years. Not justifying it and it’s still an unbelievably stupid thing to do.

  9. None dare call it sadism which it is. Yet as others have said sadistic comedy seems to seems to be in fashion these days. Even as a kid when people told me slapstick was the highest comic art, it just seemed wrong to me. I remember watching the Jackie Gleason variety show where he had a mime character called “Fenwick Babbit – The Poor Soul”. Each skit would show this pathetic fat person as the butt of slapstick jokes in various situations. They would end with a profound look of sadness on the Poor Soul’s face and even at my age made me cringe with compassion. I loathe mimes and clowns equally.

    Those teachers who took part in this showed extremely bad judgment and their competence should rightly be questioned.

  10. A joke gone bad. You would think that two adults could have thought this through and realized, ahead of time, that the prank was a bad idea.

  11. How can people be that heartless? The devil in a person would do that lifting the hopes of children who Hope all things believing all things like Jesus dropping them like a rock. They should follow through with what hey promised to the children Jesus laid his life down to save.

  12. How can people be that heartless? The devil in a person would do that lifting the hopes of children who Hope all things believing all things like Jesus dropping them like a rock. They should follow through with what they promised to the children Jesus laid his life down to save.

  13. So fkn cruel.
    WTF were they thinking, total idiots. Dashing young people’s joy like that.

    I would sue under contract law, or otherwise make the perps pay for the kids’ disney vacation.

  14. I agree with Mike. This is pure sadism. So to call it a “prank” trivializes it. I also agree that we’re missing “something” in the report. What was the purported purpose behind the elaborate actions of these teachers? The desensitized hilarity of hurting children? One thing these teachers have taught these children well is that trusted people lie and con you and that betrayal is acceptable.These teachers need some serious counseling because their attitudes need a lobotomy. The children could use a couple of sessions to help them work through this as well. This is not a minor issue to be quickly dismissed.

  15. Joke gone wrong. No, the joke was just fine, raff. It did precisely what all humor does a certain level and that is create an expectation and then puncture it. I submit (as have others) that what went wrong here is whatever makes the alleged adults here think any reasonably foreseeable reaction these kids might have constitutes “funny”. It doesn’t sound like the punchline was accepted with peals of laughter. As Mike suggests sadism? Certainly a good dose of that. And what the Hell is sadism doing in a classroom beside teaching that lying and deception are funny when you’re not the victim? We should keep sadism where it traditionally flourishes in our schools: the gym and the locker room. But the joke worked as form. Function? Not so much.

  16. It twas more than a lie.It was a hateful lie. That is abominable to God. The mouth speaking those lies are perverted defiling souls making them bitter. Repentance is nessissary for the ones that saddened the heats of Gods little ones. Joy givers will get joy. Woe unto those that played that malicious predetermined cruel trick

  17. Scrolling by comments:

    This seem a hot issue. Many resent being screwed by their teachers.
    We did not get the usual trip to DC. The class the year before us had misbehaved. And we suffered for that. Justice?

  18. ID707 my brother’s class misbehaved in 1963, or 64 and they never had a class trip after that. Dont know if they changed the policy after I graduated in 1970 but don’t think so.

  19. “And what the Hell is sadism doing in a classroom beside teaching that lying and deception are funny when you’re not the victim?” (Gene)

    Exactly.

    I wonder if those those 2 teachers are still laughing now that it’s their turn in the barrel.

  20. After reading comments:

    It seems you have problems over there in the USA. Serious at all levels and parts where sadism flourishs—to borrow an idea.

    We got’em here, but not in teacher vs student relationships

  21. The sins of the father’s shall burden the sons in all eternity. (paraphrase of ?). Thanks LJC.

    What warped these “teachers”? Chicken or the egg. Jackie Gleason or just the whole system. Hyperbole? Maybe not.

  22. That was mean and wrong on every level.

    Every school official involved in this should be made to apologize in the local newspaper and be sanctioned as well.

  23. Why? The word desensitized comes to mind. What people think is funny. People are not taught about what God frowns on,but in the people incensed about what happened have God in them willingly seeing Satan working in the soul of another not even knowing it. This kind of thing grows insidiously slow. Peoples concept of power is not Gods concept of power don’t have Gods concept of power deceve yourself into thinking you are doing good doing bad even as you see that was done bad. War with impressive weapons does the same thing. Not knowing the character of jesus caused this. Not knowing Jesus will cause worse and worse behavior with people asking what caused it? Religions are helpless in knowing how to teach about Christs character, and how he avoided warring with whoever Had religions done this from the start history would be vastly different. Religions focus on the baby Jesus, and the death of the body of Jesus.That is about it.

  24. A suitably funny end to the joke would be the school/teachers funding a trip to disneyland. That would seem to be poetic justice.

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  26. If this is education they are teaching our kids, lesson one to be cruel, lie, and not trust worthy. I suggest they stop teaching our children. Fire them.

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