Teachers play trick on Grade 8 class, parents upset.
Teachers' Disney trip prank upsets Windsor students
A group of teachers in southwestern Ontario is under criticism after fooling Grade 8 students into thinking they were heading to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for their year-end class trip.
Teachers at Roseland Public School in Windsor prepared a PowerPoint presentation, complete with pictures and video, to lead the students to believe the trip was in the works.
A final slide revealed the students were really destined to head to a local bowling alley for their graduation celebration, apparently leaving them devastated.
One of the adults in the room videotaped the fake presentation and the student reaction. The video was then shown to other students.
Twins Max and Tira Copeland were among the students duped. Their mother, Bonnie Stewart, was one of the parents who made the incident public on Facebook.
'I felt really bad about it and I felt humiliated.'— Max Copeland, student
"At first, I was really excited about it, but when we found out it was a joke and everything, I was kind of speechless," Tira Copeland said. "I didn't know how to react at first, but then I felt really kind of depressed about it and upset."
"On Friday, I felt really bad about it and I felt humiliated and stuff, and how it was showed to the other students," Max Copeland said.
A spokesman for the Greater Essex County School Board says teachers used "poor judgment" when they led students to believe they were going on a graduation trip to Disney World.
Scott Scantlebury said the board will not discuss whether disciplinary actions were being taken.
The two staff members directly involved in the prank are still employed at Roseland, he added.
'This is bullying'
Psychologist Noreen Chevalier said she was "shocked" when she heard about the prank.
Was this prank by teachers funny? Bad judgment? Bullying?
"I consider this bullying. It's too elaborate. This joke was preplanned. It's not just a joke. This has gone beyond that because they see the teachers in an authoritarian way," Chevalier said. "To be humiliated as a group is shameful for them. Shame attacks your heart and your being. This is more than embarrassment. Shame is deeper than that."
The school board disagrees with Chevalier's definition of bullying.
"Would I call it bullying? I'm not sure I would call it bullying, although it was obviously poor judgment," said Warren Kennedy, the board's director of education.
The prank evolved from one teacher's suspicion that students were rifling through his desk. The teacher planted a false brochure advertising the Florida graduation trip, he said, adding that staff allowed rumours to swirl unchecked.
The presentation on the fake trip was staged several days later before the entire Grade 8 population, he added.
The board acknowledged the story has generated considerable backlash from the community.
"We have received a number of calls from people, and not necessarily everyone who has a student at that school, and it's been fairly consistent in its condemnation of the teachers' actions," he said.
He said the school's principal and the teachers have spoken with students and parents, and apologized.
"An apology at this point isn't going to sway anyone. They need more than that," Chevalier said. "These are Grade 8 students moving into Grade 9. They already have anxiety and are going through personal, physical and cognitive changes.
"Some will get over it but those who already have issues of trust will not."
Stewart, who is to meet with the school principal Friday, said she doesn't want any teacher suspended or fired.
"I'm more looking for to make sure everyone knows the error of their ways and to not make that [mistake] in the future for other kids that they will be teaching," she said.
Kennedy said an investigation is still underway.
"We're not quite done and we will make a decision after the fact," he said of possible disciplinary actions. "I think that right now our energy is being expended on making it right."
Oh, please. A crap prank yes, but trust issues? Bullying?
How fucking entitled must both kids and parents be to make such a claim.
Of course someone calls it bullying. Gimme a break, they were all duped so none felt or looked any dumber than any other ones. Bullying is the new bullshit buzzword of our times and it is getting ridiculous that it's used so much. It sucks yeah, shitty judgement but not bullying.
[quote]"An apology at this point isn't going to sway anyone. They need more than that," Chevalier said. "These are Grade 8 students moving into Grade 9. They already have anxiety and are going through personal, physical and cognitive changes. "Some will get over it but those who already have issues of trust will not."
My Jayden's innocence was taken away from him that day!!!
Maybe it's because they're Canadian. They're like fragile little flowers compared to Americans.
Also it's really cold there and it's particularly cruel to offer them a trip to sunny Florida and then renege.
I wonder if Max Copeland is hot.
At English boarding schools, children are made to sprint around sports fields at dawn and then take cold showers, without complaining. Go figure.
Children, this is your future:
Big promises, high expectations,
broken promises, broken dreams, disappointment.
Well r6, clearly those kids are being bullied and abused and need to call me!
r8, watch this documentary, it's illuminating! The British parents are so out of touch!
They were probably a bunch of entitled little shits the entire year.
Those kids need to walk it off!
DL hates children of course and would thus support any cruelty. They are entitled? They were promised to take that trip, obviously they would expect it, this has shit all to do with entitlement. And the teacher did it out of revenge for some students who looked through his desk. This is fucked up. Of course these arseholes should be fired and better people should get the job.
I think it's both funny and sad that the kids have no sense of humor and think for some reason they are entitled to go to Disneyworld.
hahaha suckers, you don't always get what you want. Buck up, life is full of disappointment but plenty of opportunity to make your dreams happen.
They should be sued too and end up paying for that trip.
This indicates that the teachers have a very odd relationship with their students.
No teacher should care enough to pull something like this on kids.
And if they had done the reverse the teachers would be hailed as heroes.
(Trip advertised as Bowling is actually a trip to DisneyWorld.)
Greedy kids and stupid teachers.
It was a stupid thing to do and, yes, stuff like this can be really hurtful to kids that age. I would have been angry and upset. But, Jesus Christ on a cracker, the overreaction is nuts. Life is full of disappointments and one of the greatest skills one can learn in life is how to deal with disappointments and hurt. Putting a community and school district up in arms over a pranks sounds like the most dysfunctional way to teach kids coping. It almost makes it seem like they were entitled to the trip.
This is truly one of those "learn to suck it up" moments because if this is humiliating and devastating, just wait. If this is bullying, a workplace disagreement with consequences will be tantamount to being publicly tarred and feathered.
And this clown isn't helping:
[quote]"An apology at this point isn't going to sway anyone. They need more than that," Chevalier said. "These are Grade 8 students moving into Grade 9. They already have anxiety and are going through personal, physical and cognitive changes.
How on earth is would this school district prepare kids for the world?
[quote]Bullying is the new bullshit buzzword of our times and it is getting ridiculous that it's used so much. It sucks yeah, shitty judgement but not bullying.
We can thank the gays for this one.
[quote]This is truly one of those "learn to suck it up
No, this is a moment where the kids can learn to stand up against injustice and lying authority figures. That is an important lesson that the previous generations seem to not have learned in the US.
They were entitled to a)the truth and b)the teachers having their best interest at heart. They were fucked over and should not get used to rolling over and taking it at all.
Yes, R19. It is important to give entitled middle class children a taste of what real "injustice" is like and teach them a sense of proportion.
What are they crying about? They still have healthcare.
I agree it seems a bit odd for the teachers to have gone to such lengths... suggests a weird relationship with the kids. I also think it's just a prank. It's a disservice to the kids in that school who are being bullied to call it that, and you know they're there.
It's just a bad practical joke in the main. Most practical jokes are.
Agree r22 and the bullying thing implies that they were all made to look foolish in front of others, but they all got duped so no one looked any worse than anyone else. Now when some of those kids pants that guy on stage at 8th grade graduation, then it will be an act of bullying. And honestly I can't see anyway around it except for them to take revenge.
[quote]No, this is a moment where the kids can learn to stand up against injustice and lying authority figures
Lying? They never lied. One teacher suspected kids of snooping through his desk so he left a Disney brochure. The kids took it from there and spread the rumour that they were going/ The teachers then put some Disney World pictures in the PowerPoint before revealing that hey were going to a bowling alley.
Kids should learn
a} not to snoop
b) not to believe rumours
I see that the fraucunts have invaded the thread
It was stupid, mean and a waste of time. What a bunch of dorks.
My best friend teaches 8th graders. From his stories, I guarantee you that the kids somehow deserve this. I am not a kid-hater, but kids that age are just beginning to assert power/dominance, as well as awkwardness, and what my friend has to go through because of the miasma of confusion is utterly exhausting.
The theory that they were snooping around and the teachers chose to play a prank because of that snooping (after probably being told NOT to snoop 8 hundred times) seems about right.
I'm with R26.
It's to punish them from going through the teacher's desk.
If it as r27 surmises, then it's fun mean
This is our Columbine!
Thanks for the spit take, R31.
Ha ha, r30 WW for you!
r16, any more visions from the future you'd like to share?
The whole thing was probably planned. Disney will be calling in no time. All to save the poor kiddies. So obvious and transparent.
Stupid teachers acting very childish. I bet the kids didn't learn anything all year.
Former Middle School Teacher & current NPR producer Alex Blumberg on what it was like teaching.
"I basically came away thinking you're sort of wasting your time trying to teach middle school students anything."
This poor teacher may have proven him wrong. They've learned life sometimes sucks and you don't always get what you want.
To those that somehow think WIndsor is "middle class"... I grew up and went to school there - and most of my classmates had at least one parent who built cars for Chrysler, Ford or GM...
In Windsor, going bowling IS a major field trip... A school sending kids to DisneyWorld would be unbelievable... I think the "best" trip we ever took was to the Detroit Zoo or to watch thousands of Canada Geese landing at the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary...
Definitely glad I escaped Windsor and now live in Southern California - most of the people I grew up with make cars for a living... Funny, haven't been back to visit in 15 years except for one funeral... thank god for higher education and a Green Card!
r38, I have family there. There were pockets of middle class people, at least before the crash.
People could rise up in the ranks into lower management or the technical/detail work on the lines that paid well. They'd never get beyond that, but it would be a good enough living. Benefits were good, too.
Now--not so much.
By the time a story like this hits the Canadian press, who knows what really happened. The libel laws are more stringent here and the media will do anything to preserve their UMC status. I've known people involved in these "think about the children" stories and once the press has an angle, that's it. In every case, the truth was totally different that what was reported.
Agree [R22] and the bullying thing implies that they were all made to look foolish in front of others, but they all got duped so no one looked any worse than anyone else
Wrong. They were filmed and it was shown to OTHER students in order to humiliate the duped students.
I don't know what kind of real life this is supposed to prepare them for, unless you mean reality TV (which the idiot teachers are probably addicted to).
No one has the right to humiliate another person, least of all an authority figure. And no one ever did it to me.
Disneyland sucks the imagination out of children's heads. It's a horrid place- don't fall for it, kids!
[quote]I think it's both funny and sad that the kids have no sense of humor and think for some reason they are entitled to go to Disneyworld.
They didn't think they were entitled to go to Disneyworld until the adults in charge encouraged them to believe they were.
BTW, that's such a Brady Bunch thing to do. Reminds me of Peter's tape recorder that he would use to eavesdrop on the other kids and Marcia and Greg found it and talked into it about how Pete's grades were so good the parents were going to throw him a surprise party. Pete got all dressed up and when the parents found out they really did have a little dinner but not a huge party. At the end Peter admitted his guilt in obnoxiously recording everyone and admitted that he had been "a real little stinker!" It was a good one. Pete learned not to snoop and be nosy.
r44 Lawsuits? Um, there will probably be some bully induced suicides from this and many a child who will turn to drugs and alcohol, possibly a budding psycho too.