A handful of teachers along with the Assistant Principal of Scales Elementary School in Murfreesboro, TN, decided to fake a gunman attack during the last night of a class trip in order teach the kiddies what they should do should they ever find themselves in a similar situation. Assistant principal Don Bartch said the scenario was intended as a learning experience and only lasted five minutes.

During the last night of the school trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park, staff members convinced the 69 sixth graders that there was a gunman on the loose. In the interest of “keepin’ it real?, they told the youngsters that it was not a drill and to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. At one point a teacher disguised in a hooded sweat shirt was even pulling on the locked door as if he were trying to gain access to the room.

As you might imagine, the children didn’t handle the news that an armed maniac was trying to kill them very well, and according to Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip, “the children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them.” Congratulations Assistant Principal Don Bartch!

Principal Catherine Stephens said “The circumstance that occurred involved poor judgment,” adding that, “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.” Principal Stephens has assured parents that the school is handling the matter, although she is unwilling to go as far as saying that any of the staff members involved would actually face any disciplinary action.

All I can say is, VP Bartch can consider himself lucky that my kid wasn’t on that trip.