Communion Of Dreams

“Just kidding.”
June 13, 2008, 8:16 am
Filed under: Failure, General Musings, Government, Health, MetaFilter, Society

I’m fighting some kind of summer bug, and ache all over. So I’m a little grumpy. That may explain why I think that this is the stupidest thing I’ve read all week:

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – On a Monday morning last month, highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School to announce some horrible news: Several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend.

Classmates wept. Some became hysterical.

A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax — a scared-straight exercise designed by school officials to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving.

What an incredibly bone-headed stunt for the school administrators and HP officers to pull. Toying with the emotions of high school kids. Teaching them that they cannot trust those who are supposed to be trustworthy. Demonstrating that it is OK to lie & cheat if your ‘intentions are good’ and you have the authority to get away with it.


Here’s what the school guidance counselor said:

“They were traumatized, but we wanted them to be traumatized,” said guidance counselor Lori Tauber, who helped organize the shocking exercise and got dozens of students to participate. “That’s how they get the message.”

You bet, Lori. Traumatizing people is always good strategy to get them to believe you. That’s why it is completely defensible to call in bomb threats to schools and rattle the administrators and police over whatever cause you believe in, right?


Jim Downey

Via MeFi. Cross posted to UTI.

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