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Old 02-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Disney school trip prank

I just read an article about grade 8 students in Windsor were led to believe that they were going to Disney for a year end trip when it was really just a prank. Apparently a teacher left out a brochure for students to find and then the kids were shown a video about the trip. After it was over and the kids were super excited they told them they weren't going. The year end trip planned was one to a bowling ally. I can't believe the teachers did this. Those poor kids.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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If I was an administrator there ... there would be a a new topic for PD day.

This is a case of bullying .... and bad judgement

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Old 02-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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I think it was a terrible thing to do but I don't think it was bullying, the teachers involved should be reprimanded but there has been talk of firing them which I think is a bit extreme - they shouldn't lose their jobs over it
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:44 PM   #4
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I think it was a terrible thing to do but I don't think it was bullying, the teachers involved should be reprimanded but there has been talk of firing them which I think is a bit extreme - they shouldn't lose their jobs over it
There has been no talk of firing, except from random posters on the Internet.

They would never be fired for this type of thing. Our teacher unions are very powerful, and they get child predators put back into classrooms, so these teachers wouldn't be fired.

They were privately disciplined today, and the climate at the school is very, very tense...

Very bad judgment on the part of these teachers. As a teacher, the whole situtation makes me very uneasy.

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Old 02-22-2013, 05:51 PM   #5
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If the "prank" was targeted against the one(s) who snooped, it would not be so bad...but I think it is cruel to do it to the whole grade 8 population. That being said, this certainly does not meet my definition of bullying.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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Bullying? No. Totally inappropriate and unprofessional? Yes!!!! The term bullying is too loosely used nowadays. Yes it's a serious hot topic right now and with that people need to get educated on what the clear definition of bullying really is.

That being said, I do feel sorry for those students and as a parent I would be none to happy. The staff involved need to be reprimanded.


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Old 02-22-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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This IMO was no way bullying. However it was unprofessional, cruel and deceiving.

It is also very hypocritical- can you imagine how much trouble a student/ students would get into if they carried out a similar scale joke on a teacher? The teachers should be punished, but not fired.

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Sorry, we will have to disagree as to whether it's bullying.

They hyped the kids up with fake props, and then showed the recording of their despair and dejection to another class.

You don't call this bullying? I do, and I am a teacher, Tiger
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Bullying? No. Totally inappropriate and unprofessional? Yes!!!! The term bullying is too loosely used nowadays. Yes it's a serious hot topic right now and with that people need to get educated on what the clear definition of bullying really is.
Agree.

My DS had his orbital broken by another student during lunch break last May, with the physical assault coming on the heels of months of torment via social media. THAT is bullying. And sadly, that kind of an attack is so common it doesn't even make the radar of the community.

I think teachers need to lead by example, and these particular educators are guilty of excessively bad judgement. But "bullying"? Not in my opinion. The whole thing has just been blown up by the media because its pretty uncommon for teachers to act more childishly than their students. (To all those awesome teachers out there.....and there are many of you.....thanks for all you do ).

I do hope that this school and these teachers use this whole matter as a learning experience for everyone, and apologize to the student body for their poor choices. When you do wrong, admit your error and apologize to those affected. Now THAT is an educational experience that our youth could really benefit from.
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I think the teachers involved should have to send 1 family to wdw. Do a draw of all the students names who were tricked.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:11 AM   #11
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I'm actually surprised this happened at this point. I mean, with all the ontario teachers refusing to partake in extra curriculars and voluntary work as part of their work to rule campaign...but this they can do? I can't even get my sons teacher to provide a monthly class calendar like she use to!

I hope these teachers are punished appropriately.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:21 AM   #12
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I also agree this is a case of bullying - in a passive/aggressive way. The definition of "bullying" is not a one size fit all word.

I would be very interested in knowing whether these teachers were actually disciplined or not although I know we will never find out.

Ontario kids and students and parents have been jerked around since the beginning of the school year and now this.

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:23 AM   #13
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As I mentioned in the original thread discussing this, teachers were privately disciplined yesterday.

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As I mentioned in the original thread discussing this, teachers were privately disciplined yesterday.

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I know you said that but I'd love to know what "disciplined" means in this particular case.
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I know you said that but I'd love to know what "disciplined" means in this particular case.
It is being kept very under wraps at this point.

We are all wondering...

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