A lesson they'll never forget.
The School District Responds
“While we stand by the worthiness of the activity, we recognize the flaws with how it was communicated,” the superintendent wrote in an email to the Washington Post. “We will evaluate the value of this activity and either make changes to how it is communicated or not do the activity again.”
For the record, Lueck apologized on behalf of the district, but many remain displeased. Sam Bolen told a local news network that he and his mother have faced backlash for speaking out against the stunt in interviews.
“There’s been a parent that said, ‘If you have a child who’s offended by this, you are raising a weak, drama-filled child.’ It is kind of uncomfortable when you know that teachers are even talking bad about students who are upset.” Clearly, the prank was divisive and fell far short of its intended—and ill-thought out—goal.
But not all students were against the prank. One student council member spoke out adamantly defending the simulation, perhaps a bit too passionately.
NBC15 was the first news outlet to report the story, so their Facebook page became a forum for people to express their feelings on the subject.
One student council member who helped plan the simulation, Miranda Ryser, is among those in the student body who still support the school’s choice to go through with the unsettling social experiment. She wrote an impassioned message on NBC 15’s page explaining that schools have to resort to these kinds of tactics today to get kids to feel anything:
“To the people who are upset about what happened at school today, good. I hope you’re upset about it because I would rather have you upset and pissed off at the student council and the principal for a day, instead of being depressed because one of your classmates ACTUALLY died. I get that some people were already affected by other car accidents but it happens. People die on the daily basis and it happens. Touchy subject or not it happens and it shows that it can happen unexpectedly. Like I said before at least you’re upset and pissed for a day instead of being depressed for the next couple weeks of your life and having to go to their funeral. As a student part of student council I thought this was a good simulation. Half of the kids who ‘cried’ didn’t even know the students let alone talk to them. Why would you cry because a person you barely knows die? Multiple people a day die as I said before. We were not the first school to do a simulation like this. Many schools NATION WIDE take part in a simulation similar to this. No one will ever be prepared for the worse and we’re not telling students to be afraid of death. We’re saying please drive careful, think about your actions. If we did anything like this in another way, no one would listen or pay attention to ANYTHING. Try warning high school students of the dangers they just don’t care. Half of the students do drugs yet nothing is ever done to warn them about it. No but please keep saying things like how bad it was. Please.”
Do you agree with Miranda and the superintendent? Was this a “necessary” tactic to drive the message home to students? Or was this disastrous experiment a cruel and even harmful way to teach more about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving? SHARE this article and let us know your opinion!