On the last night of a field trip to a state park, staffers of a Tennessee elementary school told sixth graders to hide under tables or lie on the floor to escape a gunman on the loose. A staffer disguised in a hooded sweatshirt rattled the door as though he was trying to get in. It was a fake.
Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who was present, said the scenario was intended as a learning experience and only lasted five minutes.
“We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation,” he said.
“The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them,” said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.
Catherine Stephens, principal of Scales Elementary in Murfreesboro, issued a statement that was a classic of responsibility avoidance.
“The circumstance that occurred involved poor judgment,” (Scales Elementary Principal Catherine) Stephens said. “My hope is that we can learn from this, and in the end, it will have a positive result of growth for all of us.”
What can we learn from this? That Scales Elementary administrators have a tendency to confuse stupidity with learning.