Students at a Worcestershire school suffered panic attacks and were left crying with fear after a role-play event in which one of their teachers was “shot dead” in the school playground.
The children aged between 10 and 13 were left traumatized by the stunt, which was part of a science lesson at Blackminster Middle School in Evesham.
They were not told it was a role-play until ten minutes after the event.
The exercise on Tuesday afternoon began when students were told there was a gun in the school. Five minutes later, the alarm bell sounded and more than 300 students were sent out into the playground where they saw three teachers running across the field.
They saw a “gunman” in the distance and heard what sounded like gunfire before seeing Mr Kent, a religious education teacher, fall to the ground. His colleagues then appeared to try to resuscitate him.
Parents claimed that the children were then sent back to their form rooms. Ten minutes later they were called into the assembly hall to see that Mr Kent was fit and healthy.