Eighth-Graders Learn the Hard Way That You Can’t Trust Anyone

Growing up is hard. There are so many confusing things going on both in the world and in your own brain that it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe and who to trust. Fortunately for children, they have the instruction of trusted older adults, like teachers, to guide them through these troubled waters with a sure hand and an honest heart. Unless, of course, you are in the eighth-grade class at Roseland Public School in Windsor, because then your teachers are pranking you with a fake Disney World trip.

They put together a promotional brochure, a PowerPoint presentation and even fake parental consent forms and hotel information. And then, the punchline: telling the kids that it was all a hoax, they’re not going to Disney World, the world is a strange and confusing place, suspect everything, trust no one. The school board responded by saying the teachers showed “extremely poor judgment.” A board spokesman said, “The plan is now, just put it in the past and move on, focus on things that are happening in the classroom. The further this goes, it becomes a distraction in the classroom.” Distraction, or important reminder of the dangers of just believing everything you hear? Because that’s an important lesson too …

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