Brickbat: Suicide Is Painless

A teacher in the Charente region of France has been suspended for asking 13- and 14-year-old students to write an essay from the viewpoint of a suicidal teenager. An official with the education ministry says the teacher, who wasn't identified in press accounts, could face disciplinary action.

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    The pupils, aged between 13 and 14, were told to imagine reasons for wanting to end their lives and describe their self-disgust.

    Big deal. Examining one's self-disgust is a French national pastime. Even their cats do it

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They could have spent that time writing an essay on how the wealthy stole their money from the working class.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Oh just relax, everyone, relax. The teacher was suspended WITH pay, so it's fine.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    I think she should a few weeks of paid remedial training also.

    For the Children©

  • Whiterun Guard||

    You mean re-education?

  • waaminn||

    Wow I dont know about that dude.

  • Rich||

    Angry parents contacted the national education department and sent a copy of the assignment brief to a local paper. "The wording is beyond shocking," an investigating government official said.

    "Faire l'affectation putain, vous chie peu!"

  • Romulus Augustus||

    Yep, these kinds of discussions are only appropriate after a classmate
    kills him or herself and trained professionals swarm in while parents ask "How could this happen? The poor kid should have known how we would feel and should have known the future wasn't going to be all that bad?"


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