Saturday, May 15, 2004

"Two teachers in the Grossmont Union High School District have been taken out of their classrooms for allegedly allowing students to see images of the actual decapitation."

"A psychologist with whom NBC 7/39 spoke said that -- if the allegations are true about the teachers showing the students the decapitation -- then the teachers made a grave mistake that could do long-term harm.

"It's psychologically naïve because, what's the effect of showing this to the kids?" said Dr. Michael Lardon, of the Alvarado Parkway Institute. "I really can't think of any positive, beneficial thing in terms of showing these types of traumatic images to our children."

from Parents Angry Over Beheading-Video Allegations

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it's up to the parents if they want their children to see something like this. But on the other, some of these children are so sheltered that they have no idea that in the real world, there is murder, death, and violence. Perhaps the teachers should have asked the principal if it was appropriate and sent home permission slips. Even a "student teacher" would know to do that.
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