Opposite ends of the spectrum

Apropos of nothing.

J.K. Rowling has pledged a “staggering” amount of money to a fund created to find a missing British girl in Portugal. Lots of rich people, including Richard Branson and Simon Cowell have also donated to the fund, but word is Rowling’s donation shames them all.

And the not so good. Mufreesboro, TN teachers staged a fake gunman attack on their sixth-grade class. They didn’t tell the kids, who were scared out of their minds. This is appalling in light of the recent events on Virginia Tech’s campus.

Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

“We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation,” he said. . .

During the last night of the trip, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose. They were told to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on a locked door.

After the lights went out, about 20 kids started to cry, 11-year-old Shay Naylor said.

“I was like, ‘Oh My God,’ ” she said. “At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out.”

Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation “involved poor judgment.”

Poor judgement? Let’s call a spade a spade folks. What these teachers did was a firable offense. Worse it was the Assistant Principle. What’s wrong with him, where he thought this was a good idea? I get that he was trying to teach them a learning lesson, but still. There aren’t more appropriate ways to do that. At that age a few of the kids were probably hoping for this guy to come save them:

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