A class of young children have been left “traumatised” after their teacher set up a crime scene activity in their classroom.
Eight-year-old pupils at Flowery Field Primary School, in Manchester, UK, were made to investigate the death of an elf in a Christmas themed task.
Teachers laid down the equivalent of a chalk outline with red tape, left fake blood on tables and used police tape around the school.
The school took to Twitter to share photos of their mock-up crime scene saying their Year 4 pupils were “on the case”.
But one parent has revealed several of the children were horrified by the activity and that the school had gone a step too far.
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
“My daughter came home and she was absolutely traumatised,” the mother told the Manchester Evening News.
“I’m not the only parent who felt like that. A lot of the kids in Year 4 were unsettled by it.”
Yet the school defended their festive activity, with headteacher Ian Fell saying the kids were “excited”.
“Of all of the 90 children who took part, none of them showed anything but full engagement,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“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.”