Teachers stage fake gunman attack during school trip

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Staff members of a Murfreesboro elementary school staged a fake gunman attack during a school trip.

Parents of the sixth-grade students at Scales Elementary were outraged after learning about the prank that occurred Thursday night.

Assistant Principal Don Bartch said the scenario was intended as a learning experience.

During the last night of the school trip to Fall Creek Falls, a state park about 130 miles southeast of Nashville, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose.

Eleven-year-old Shay Naylor said the students were told to lie on the floor or under tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on locked door and pretended to be suspicious subject.

After the lights went out, about 20 kids started to cry. Some parents said they were upset by the staff's poor judgment in light of the April 16th shootings at Virginia Tech.

The school held a meeting yesterday to discuss the situation with concerned parents. Scales Elementary Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action.

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