Teacher to Aussie Kids: Plan Massive Terror Hit
Survivors of Bali blast that killed 88 Aussies blast assignment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2010 4:50 AM CDT
A Balinese resident patrols the area while walking past the Bali bomb memorial in Legian, Bali, Indonesia during Silence Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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(Newser) – A high school teacher in Australia who assigned her class to plan a terrorist attack that would kill as many innocent Australians as possible says she had no intention of promoting terrorism. Students in Western Australia were given the assignment last week in a class on contemporary conflict and terrorism. The school principal withdrew the assignment as soon as he heard of it—but not before outrage spread nationwide, with survivors of terror attacks calling the assignment "extremely offensive."

"The teacher, with every best intention, was attempting to have the students think through someone else's eyes about conflict," says an education department spokesman. "I think there are better ways to do that. ... This is not what we expect of professional educators."