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Disney world prank angers parents

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Disney world prank angers parents

Teachers' elaborate joke 'really stupid judgment'

Doug Schmidt, The Windsor Star

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Parents at a South Windsor school are expressing outrage after teachers led graduating students to believe they were heading to Disney World for a year-end trip - only to reveal the next day that the kids were the butt of an elaborate joke.

One of the teachers recorded the scene on an iPad and it was later shown to another class so they too could join in the teachers' merriment.

"I have a lot of respect for teachers and what they do, but this was really stupid judgment," said parent Peter To-polovec.

Roseland public school's graduating students were told last Thursday that they were in for a spectacular year-end field trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

On Friday, both Grade 8 classes were shepherded into a room, shown a video of their Disney dream vacation and given a PowerPoint presentation showing a palm tree-lined resort.

Travel brochures and hotel information were passed around. The flights are super cheap, a teacher said after one student expressed concern over cost.

The kids, ecstatic by now in anticipation, were urged by the teachers to yell out where they were going: "We're going to Disney!" That's when they were told to look at the last slide, which announced their 2013 field trip wasn't to a fabulous Florida funland, but to a Windsor bowling alley.

The reaction apparently caught even some of the pranksters by surprise, with one student-teacher who was in on the joke nearly coming to tears by the looks of dejection that followed.

"It was a huge error in judgment," Warren Kennedy, director of education of the Greater Essex County District School Board, told The Star Wednesday.

Bonnie Stewart, mother of twins who attend Grade 8 at Roseland, came home at 5 p.m. Friday to find both her kids already in their beds. She woke her son, who told her everything.

"I went into my daughter's room, and I told her I was so sorry - she just looked so sad," said Stewart. "They felt they were made fools of - it was humiliating," she added.

"When my son told me, it blew me away," said Topolovec. To humiliate the children and then compound it by recording it and showing it to their peers, he added, "that's bullying, and there should be zero tolerance."

Stewart suggested if the Grade 8s had pulled off a similar prank at the expense of the Grade 2s, there would be suspensions at the least and possibly expulsions.

"We would not have tolerated it," public school board spokesman Scott Scantlebury told The Star when asked about just such a scenario.

"This is something we're working through with everyone at the school," Roseland principal Laura Bates said Wednesday. She referred further questions to board director Kennedy.

"I don't think anyone is happy about this," said Kennedy. He said he wasn't able to "go into personnel matters" but that apologies had gone out and that those involved "realize their error ... they're owning the problem."

While neither parent is calling for suspensions or worse, both Stewart and Topolovec feel the students and parents are owed a meeting with the school's principal and the teachers involved, so that, according to Stewart, "the teachers can hear how this has made the kids feel."

The rest of the article is at the source

by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM
what DICKS
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by Platinum Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

How rude 

by Angie on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM


by Jes on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM
How sad and cruel. :-(
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by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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It is absolutely pathetic to laugh at the sadness of children :(

by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM
These teachers are losers and assholes.. They shouldn't be teachers!!
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by Redwood Witch on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM
Incredibly pathetic on the part of those teachers to derive entertainment from this. How sad.
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by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

This is unbelievable

by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM
I honestly dont see the big deal. It was a prank, and I'm sure most of these kids have pulled pranks on the teachers as well. They are old enough to get over it and suck it up.
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by AllieCat on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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Quoting lizzielouaf:

How rude 

May not be appropriate but reading your reply...........Stephanie from 'Full House' came to mind.  lol  I think that was the characters name.

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