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Mock attack terrifies sixth-graders on trip

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 14, 2007


MURFREESBORO, TENN.

Elementary school staff staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and a disguised teacher pulled on locked door.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes, said Scales Elementary School assistant principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

But parents of the sixth-graders were outraged. Some said they were upset by the staff's judgment in light of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 students and professors dead.

Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the school will take disciplinary action, but said the situation "involved poor judgment."

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