Some parents of students at a North Carolina middle school are not happy about a lesson their kids were reportedly taught last week.
Eastern Wayne Middle School students were informed that an armed robber was in the school with a mask and a handgun. But the “robber” was actually a school employee who was dressed up in a ski mask and carrying a fake gun, according to WTVD.
Students were quickly informed that the incident was not real and just part of a lesson, but some parents are extremely unhappy with the exercise.
The school has told parents in a letter that it was trying to teach kids to be aware of their surroundings.
The Daily Caller reports that Catherine Fulcher, the school’s principal, wrote a letter to parents explaining the reason behind the incident.
In part of the letter, she wrote: “Even though play-acting caused some initial concerns, once the skit was completed, the teachers quickly explained who the person was and that the theft was not real.”
School officials now admit it was a bad move.
“It obviously did lack that sensitivity that was needed,” said Ken Derksen, Public Information Officer with the Wayne County Public Schools. “... All of our schools work very hard to promote a safe learning environment ... In this situation, the exercise in its original intent was appropriate, but in how it was executed it obviously lacked judgment.”
WTVD also reports that the school system said an ongoing investigation is looking into exactly what happened, and that the employee dressed up as the armed robber could be facing disciplinary action.