Kids ‘traumatised’ by murder game
A school that staged an elf "murder mystery" yesterday has been slammed by furious parents for "traumatising" pupils.
Children arrived to find a "crime scene" with fake blood and police cordons at a classroom in Flowery Field Primary school in Hyde, England, The Sun reports.
An outraged mum claimed that her nine-year-old daughter suffered nightmares as a result of the "extreme" school project.
The mum, who asked not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News: "There was a crime scene in one of the classrooms.
"There was police tape and a table had been knocked over, and there were blood smeared on one of the tables.
"The idea was Elf had been murdered by another Elf. My daughter came home and she was absolutely traumatised."
She added: "I am very open with my children and I understand you can't protect them from everything - but my child was very upset last night and had to sleep in my bed."
A Twitter account run by the school posted gruesome images of the "crime scene".
The post read: "Year 4 writing detectives are on the case!
"What has happened in 4VS today? Collecting as many clues as we can find."
The school defended the "engaging and exciting" exercise - with the school's head teacher saying the eight and nine-year-olds loved playing detectives.
Ian Fell said: "The children were all excited and they really did buy into it.
"One of the children said to me 'I am definitely being a detective when I grow up.
"Of all of the 90 children who took part, none of them showed anything but full engagement.
"I am delighted also that the topic appealed to children with SEND difficulties or those who find accessing work more difficult too.
"I have been a teacher for 30 years and this is, in my judgment, an appropriate, engaging and exciting thing that children aged eight and nine have done. They have been so up for it.
"I am really looking forward to see the quality of the outcomes. We are not trying to keep this a secret and we will be tweeting about the rest of exercise today."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.