Teacher Suspended for Pointing Finger Gun at Kid
Was teaching about the Newtown massacre
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2013 9:12 AM CST
This is enough to give a first-grader nightmares if it's part of a school shooting role play.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Georgia teacher has been suspended after an ill-advised attempt to teach first graders about the Newtown massacre via a game of hide and seek. The teacher, a middle school band director who was subbing a first grade physical education class, at one point aimed a finger gun at a boy and declared, "Bang, you're dead," Fox Atlanta reports. Some parents say the incident gave their kids nightmares. The teacher meant well, but "you can't do security off the cuff," a school executive says, though he adds that the popular teacher would be "the first person to protect kids in a crisis."

In other lessons-gone-wrong news, a history teacher in Texas is in hot water after trying to teach Old West lasso techniques to 7th graders—by lassoing them as they ran. One student wound up with rope marks around his neck, KHOU reports. The teacher "was telling the students about how cowboys would corral maverick steers back into the herd," a district spokesman explains. It wasn't malicious, he says, but represented "extremely poor judgement." That teacher has also been suspended.

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Feb 17, 2013 12:05 PM CST
Teachers. You are a disgrace to the word teach. The lies you tell children so that they will become conformists is disgusting. Then you pick on a child because they wont conform to the lies.then degrade the self worth by making them an example. Knowing a child cant do a problem then letting others laugh at that child put them if front of the class to do more they cant do so they get laughed at more. What is wrong with you? Threats to conform or become a looser, I hold you most accountable This will go on your permanent record. Your op ion should be kept to yourself and not used against the child. that is a free will thinker. We need more of them and less conformists. Sue teachers and there unions.
Feb 16, 2013 10:44 PM CST
Let's hope these poor children NEVER see a horror movie, or watch most any news broadcast. They'll have a heart attack & die!
Feb 16, 2013 11:25 AM CST
What is this country coming to? U want the kids to have nightmares? - just have them watch the shows on tv with all the sadistic murders, child abuse, monsters, pedophilia, harrowing chases, etc. Pretty soon they will not want you to exhale in front of kids lest you pollute their frail, fragile lungs with a little more CO2. Our outlandish and archaic attitudes towards so many things contribute to the morass of a sick society with priorities up peoples butts. That is one positive thing I will say about Europeans - their down to earth philosophies make for healthier, less neurotic, more life loving peoples.