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Teachers of the year!

I don't often gasp while reading on the subway. But I did this morning after glimpsing a news item about the prank gone wrong in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Apparently the brilliant educators at a local school there got the idea to tell the 69 sixth-graders on a class trip that a gunman was loose and that they were all in imminent danger. (The alleged motive for this ghastly act? To test how well the kids followed emergency procedures. Nice.) It amazes me that this is how educators would respond to the horrible killings at Virginia Tech. Not with a sober discussion of being a society obsessed—truly—with firearms. No, never that. Instead, let's scare the bejesus out of 11-year-olds who, in a better world, wouldn't even be able to contemplate such atrocities. Simply vile.

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