Police Stage Deaths to Scare Teens About Drunk Driving
Some San Diego students got a harsh lesson about drunk driving recently.
On a Monday morning last month, California Highway Patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School to announce some horrible news: Students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend.
Classmates wept. Some became hysterical.
A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax – a scared-straight exercise designed by school officials, with several dozen students’ participation, to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving.
Bill Jempty figures the schools should just get back to the “three R’s” since, after all, “most parents send their children to school to be educated in a non-sadistic fashion.” But, like it or not, schools have been asked to do more than simply teach basic skills.
One understands the desire to teach teens, who are the most likely demographic to be killed in auto accidents, about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. But this tactic is beyond outrageous and those in charge should be fired.
Beyond the intentional infliction of emotional distress, as Joanne Jacobs point out, these students have been taught “the message is not to trust authority figures.”
That educational leaders and the CHP combine for so little judgment is shocking.
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