Elf murder classroom crime scene exercise leaves student ‘traumatized,’ parents horrified

An elementary school student was left “traumatized” after a “crime scene” in her classroom that was part of a staged elf murder mystery.

The parent of one young girl at Flowery Field Primary School in England said her daughter was “very upset” by the exercise and had trouble sleeping, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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As eight and 9-year-old students arrived to class on Tuesday, they were greeted with police tape and drops of blood, all part of an activity meant to have the children play detective in searching for clues in the crime and then be journalists writing the story.

“There was a crime scene in one of the classrooms. The idea was Elf had been murdered by another Elf. My daughter came home and she was absolutely traumatized,” one mother told the Manchester Evening News.

Other parents concurred, she noted, saying they shared how their children were also “unsettled” by the activity.

“I am very open with my children and I understand you can’t protect them from everything. But my child was very upset last night and had to sleep in my bed,” she added.

But the school maintained that the exercise was a success, with students who were very “excited” by the murder mystery.

“Of all of the 90 children who took part, none of them showed anything but full engagement. One of the children said to me ‘I am definitely being a detective when I grow up,’” Ian Fell, headteacher of Flowery Field, said.

“I have been a teacher for 30 years and this is, in my judgment, an appropriate, engaging and exciting thing that children aged eight and nine have done. They have been so up for it,” he added. “I am really looking forward to seeing the quality of the outcomes. We are not trying to keep this a secret and we will be tweeting about the rest of exercise today.”

But the tweets got mixed reactions online as some praised the school for a creative way to engage students while many others were horrified by the activity and the effect on the young children’s minds.

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