Primary school children were left ‘traumatised’ after their school staged an elf murder as part of a writing exercise.
Children as young as eight arrived to find a mocked-up crime scene, which included fake blood and chalked outline of dead body, in a classroom at the Flowery Field Primary School in Hyde, shares Daily Mail.
The headteacher justified the game as she said pupils loved playing detectives in the ‘engaging and exciting’ writing exercise.
One mother claimed her daughter suffered nightmares as a result of the ‘extreme’ project.
The mother, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There was a crime scene in one of the classrooms.
‘The idea was Elf had been murdered by another Elf. My daughter came home and she was absolutely traumatised.
‘I’m not the only parent who felt like that. A lot of the kids in Year 4 were unsettled by it.
‘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.’
Ian Fell, headteacher of Flowery Field, 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 have been a teacher for 30 years and this is, in my judgement, 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.’
Year 4 writing detectives are on the case! What has happened in 4VS today? Collecting as many clues as we can find. pic.twitter.com/PyYewMTlpx
— Flowery Field (@floweryfieldpri) December 4, 2018
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