Why This School Told Their Students Four of Their Peers Had Died When They Hadn't

Publish Date
Thursday, 3 November 2016, 10:40AM
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Students in Brodhead, Wisconsin, are criticising a safe driving drill in which they were told some of their classmates had died in a car accident earlier that day.

Brodhead High School pupils were told four students had died in a “T-bone” crash, which resulted in crying students who believed they had lost their friends. 

Those chosen to “die” were notified ahead of time and were not permitted to use their phones to tell their classmates they were OK, WMTV reports.

After letting the news sink in, Brodhead High School revealed that it was fabricated, for a simulation drill put on by the student council as part of a year-long safe driving campaign. 

The technique has brought attention from major media outlets and scrutiny from social media users.

 Brodhead School District Superintendent Leonard Lueck has said that the activity’s value will be reevaluated before it is repeated, and formally apologised to the students and parents.