Fake Masked Gunman Exercise at NC School Has Parents Outraged

This is another incident in which the public school system is doing things that no parent would allow their child to participate in. A fake masked gunman entered the Eastern Wayne Middle School in Goldsboro, North Carolina and rushed into a sixth-grade class, terrorizing the unsuspecting students as he pretended to rob them with a fake pistol.

Masked_gunmanThe students were not made aware of the exercise and neither were parents.

As would be expected angry parents called the school with complaints. The school sent out a form letter explaining why the “exercise” was conducted.

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Here’s what the school wrote:

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“As part of an enrichment lesson on exhibiting good citizenship and observing your surroundings, another staff member entered the sixth grade classrooms and pretends to steal an item while dressed in a ski-mask and holding a toy pistol. Even though the play-acting caused some initial concerns, once the skit was completed, the teachers quickly explained who the person was and that the ‘theft’ was not real.”


This is referred to as a “skit.” Seriously? Surely there is a better way of being careful of alert about one’s surroundings, don’t you think? This seems to be a bit over the top, especially not informing parents about what the school was doing.

The school said in light of school shootings, it should have been more sensitive. You think?

“It obviously did lack that sensitivity that was needed…all of our schools work very hard to promote a safe learning environment…in this situation, the exercise in its original intent was appropriate, but in how it was executed it obviously lacked judgment,” said Ken Derksen, Public Information Officer with the Wayne County Public Schools.

“It just comes down to, in all the things that have happened in recent years, it was just really insensitive to students’ concerns, and that’s where the issue lies,” he said.

“In this particular case, the staff member took it a little too far,” Derksen said. “I think this person just got a little too much into the part.”

Some students recognized the gunman and laughed about it. Other’s did not.

“There were some children who went home crying,” said one girl, whose family didn’t want her identified.

“There’s probably a better way to do that,” parent Tammy Strickland said. “The ski mask, I’d be scared if I’d seen that, imagine a 12- or 13-year-old child.”

“I said ‘Wow, think of how psychologically damaging that could have been for these students,'” parent Patricia Williams said, after reading the letter.

“In my opinion, I think the realistic events – of course I have a military background – so the more realistic you can make it, the better it seems,” said Joe Collins, an uncle of a student at Eastern Wayne Middle School.

While I agree with Joe, the problem is that parents should have been informed ahead of time. This is another reason I say pull your kids out of public school. The school system doesn’t mind not informing parents of what they are doing with their children all day long. You are the parent. God gave your those children. Nurture, care for and teach them these things at home if you want to see our country changed. Fathers, I beg you, turn your hearts to your children and teach them diligently….not just in what is considered education, but in the ways of God.

What is even more disturbing is that though the school sent out the letter indicating what had taken place, the school system said they also received phone calls and will be investigating what happened. They also said that the employee who dressed up as the armed robber could face disciplinary action. So apparently the school system was not even made aware of what the Eastern Wayne Middle School was doing.

Calls made to the school Principal Cathy Fulcher have gone unreturned at the time of the writing of this article.

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