Children left traumatised after their teacher is ‘gunned down in playground’ in sick hoax lesson *

Daily Mail
25.03.2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

Schoolchildren were left in tears after their teacher was gunned down by a crazed hoodie in the playground - in a ’sick’ role-playing stunt.

Terrified children - aged from 10 to 13 years old - watched as the supposed gunman strolled into the playground, took aim and shot the teacher, before running into the school’s science lab.

Other staff in on the stunt rushed to the popular teacher’s aid and appeared to give CPR in an attempt to save his life.

It was 10 minutes before the shocked pupils of Blackminster Middle School in Evesham, Worcestershire, were rounded up and taken into the school hall where teachers explained that the scenario had been mocked up as part of a forthcoming science lesson.

But pupils were left traumatised, with one having a panic attack and others being sick.

The ’shooting’ happened on Tuesday after pupils were originally told there was a gun somewhere in the school.

Five minutes later, the alarm bell went and over 300 pupils were sent to the playground where three teachers could be seen running across the field before a loud sound, like gunfire, was heard and science and RE teacher Mr Kent fell to the ground and played dead.

Parents said their children were then sent back to their form rooms and called to the assembly hall ten minutes later, when the truth and a fit and healthy teacher was revealed.

However, the damage had already been done to a selection of pupils - and apparently included one girl whose father had been shot dead a few years ago.

Parents, with children at the school reacted angrily to the stunt and branded it ‘inappropriate and beyond belief’.

Some said their children were still traumatised hours later.

Mother Vikki Woosey, whose son is in Year 6 at the school, said: ‘When I heard about it I just thought “Oh My God - that is so inappropriate.”

‘They were standing in the playground, and then a man appeared in the distance holding a gun.

‘Then their teacher dropped to the ground and the teaching assistants ran over.

‘They start doing CPR on the teacher and then the man runs into the school and supposedly trashes the science lab. It left some of the pupils terrified.’

Another angry parent, who has a 11-year-old daughter at the school, added: ‘There were kids in tears - they thought their teacher had been shot.

‘And all this time you have kids crying in fear because they were not told this was about to happen.

‘It’s 10 minutes later that they told the children that it wasn’t real, and that it was all a joke. I think its absolutely disgusting.’

Another 33-year-old, who has a stepdaughter at the school added: ‘The children thought they were watching their teacher gunned down.

‘It is beyond belief and totally inappropriate. One pupil’s father was shot dead a few years back and then they’re in the assembly hall calling this role-play a “joke”.’

‘Their wording, their timing,everything was out of order. Pupils were missing the bus home because they were consoling each other and being sick in the toilets. Another girl had a panic attack.’

Headteacher Terry Holland said: ‘The role play was part of a science lesson where a selection of students and teachers acted out this scenario.

‘The problem with a small minority of the pupils was that there was a slight delay in getting them back into the hall to explain what had just happened.

‘Most of them already knew it was a spoof but a couple of them were upset and we have since spoken to them and their parents and apologised to them.

‘It was one of the more popular teachers who played the victim, I don’t think there would have been as much concern if it was one or two of the others.’

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