OCEANSIDE, Calif. (June 12) - 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.
Interesting. So because a bunch of adults essentially pull an unfunny prank, it's perfectly okay. But I'm also wondering how things would have turned out if it was a group of students behind this prank. And yes, it is a prank, and it's a pretty shitty thing to do, regardless of the motive.
Conversely, what about if this was done in your office, for example, where your boss and a few cops held a meeting with all the employees and told you all that several of your fellow co-workers were killed in drunk driving accidents, and then being told it was all a hoax after you go through a roller coaster of emotions, you'd be fucking pissed too.
And ditto with the comment about driving further mistrust between kids and adults. You're telling them they're so stupid, they can't be trusted with something like the truth, that they need to be lied to and fucked with to force them to behave.