Parents at the Fox Hill Primary School in Sheffield England are a bit put out over a curious educational program at the school. When children showed up at the school recently, they were met by a bloody crime scene, a dead teacher on the ground, and police. They were asked to solve the crime but not told that it was all for fun.
Students were told that the teacher was killed in a violent break-in. Children as young as five were shocked to see the body and blood with police tape around the crime scene.
The school only sent an explanatory letter at the end of the week and the truth was kept from the parents to make the exercise more real.
I actually think the project was creative and well-meaning. I simply do not understand why it was so necessary to pretend that it was real. Kids would have enjoyed a faux murder mystery without the trauma. I particularly believe that parents should have been told and allowed to inform their children at their own discretion.
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