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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."


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by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM
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Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

You see no issue with adults acting like this?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

Soooo... two wrongs make a right? Or, since it is ok for the kids to do it, the adults should to?

Sorry, they are supposed to be adults.. not bloody teenagers who thinks its funny to punk a group of kids..

LuvingMy3Girls
by Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM
Wow horrible. My heart hurts for them. My dd is in 8th and they do go to Disney at the end of the year. Can't imagine how her and her friends would feel if it was a lie
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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LOL that is exactly what I was thinking!


Quoting FromAtoZ:


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.



littlelamb303
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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I am a teacher and this is so unprofessional and SOOO wrong. WOW.  Were the teachers involved very young?  I cannot imagine experienced teachers doing such a thing.  Also, it does not matter the ages of the students, older or younger, it is inappropriate at any age.  The "teachers" should have to suffer some consequences.

ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:58 PM
No, two worngs dont make a right but i do wonder why you keep saying kids like they are five, they are 13ish. Most if not all of them have felt disapointment, if this is the worst they've had it they have led seriously sheltered. To call for the loss of teachers jobs is a bit much. I get the kids are a wee bit sad, but they will get over it.

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

Soooo... two wrongs make a right? Or, since it is ok for the kids to do it, the adults should to?

Sorry, they are supposed to be adults.. not bloody teenagers who thinks its funny to punk a group of kids..

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somuchlove4U
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM
How could anyone think that that would go over well? That was mean on the teachers part.
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

So.. you're an expert on how kids (because, yes, they are kids) feel in all situations?

Sorry, this is not something a teacher should do. I do believe it warrants unpaid leave.. 

if anything, they should have notified the parents of the kid who was snooping in desks and dealt with him that way.. not by humiliating and being cruel to the rest of the kids.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

No, two worngs dont make a right but i do wonder why you keep saying kids like they are five, they are 13ish. Most if not all of them have felt disapointment, if this is the worst they've had it they have led seriously sheltered. To call for the loss of teachers jobs is a bit much. I get the kids are a wee bit sad, but they will get over it.

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

Soooo... two wrongs make a right? Or, since it is ok for the kids to do it, the adults should to?

Sorry, they are supposed to be adults.. not bloody teenagers who thinks its funny to punk a group of kids..


ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Nope. It was humorous. I would have laughed. Hell even if I was one of the kids I would be laughing at all the drama queens crying. They really need to GTFOI or else they will be crushed as adults.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

You see no issue with adults acting like this?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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Quoting ButterMeUp:

Nope. It was humorous. I would have laughed. Hell even if I was one of the kids I would be laughing at all the drama queens crying. They really need to GTFOI or else they will be crushed as adults.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting ButterMeUp:

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.

You see no issue with adults acting like this?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

This isn't about how special you are.  Or about how  you may lack in character.

This is about the lack of professionalism, the lack of common sense and such the teachers, the adults, showed in thinking their prank was appropriate.


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