High School Makes Up Story About Students Dying in Car Crash. To Teach Classmates a Lesson.

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A Wisconsin high school invented a story about a group of students dying in a car crash because of distracted driving and announced it over the PA system in order to teach everyone a lesson.

The intended lesson was probably don't text while driving. But the only thing the students at Brodhead High School learned was school administrators are sociopaths.

On Monday, the school announced that four students had been killed in a car crash, according to CBS Minnesota:

"A lot of our friends and fellow students actually started crying because they actually thought these people were dead, and so I think a lot of them actually called their parents in school too," Madison Trombley, a student at Brodhead High School, said.

It took 10 full minutes for the school to explain that the announcement was a "drill," of sorts, and that no one had actually died.

The superintendent and principal told local reporters that their intention wasn't to cause stress. Very few parents complained, they noted.

This experiment is an outrage that served absolutely no purpose other than to needlessly terrify people. The things that schools are willing to do in order to promote public safety are sickening, be they the "mock shootings" that Lenore Skenazy has written about, or fire drills conducted with no regard for students' well-being.

Yes, texting-while-driving is a serious problem that results in a lot of dead teenagers. Schools and authority figures should discourage it. This was an unfathomably dumb and ineffective way to do that.

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  1. Dummies probably didn’t even say “Psych!”

    1. Govt 101: Be afraid, be very, very afraid. Now give me your liberties

      1. American public schools are run by moronic bureaucrats at best or brainwashed willing sheep for the state at worst.

        There is a higher percentage of the latter.

  2. “A lot of our friends and fellow students actually started crying because they actually thought these people were dead, and so I think a lot of them actually called their parents in school too,” Madison Trombley, a student at Brodhead High School, said.

    so dramatic. I hope nobody said anything they could have gotten back to the “victims” later.

  3. It was actually done to cushion the blow of the real distressing announcement: The cafeteria was out of tater tots.

    1. You gonna eat those tots?

  4. Yes, texting-while-driving is a serious problem that results in a lot of dead teenagers. Schools and authority figures should discourage it.

    To be sure, Robby, to be sure.

    1. Look, asking Robby not to troll the commentariat with these caveats would be like asking him to not have amazing hair: a completely laughable request with which he can never comply.

      1. It’s amazing how many goofballs jump on their Sobby Horses to make a big deal of pointing these things out.

      2. But how will he know that we know that he knows we will know he’s trolling us unless we acknowledge it. It’s just common sense.

        1. Robby is busy eating fruit sushi off of the supine bodies of naked supermodels, and could care less what we think of him.

          1. “could care less” ?

            1. I’ve given up on that one. SIGH.

          2. What a pleasant thought, X.

            For the sake of his self-esteem I fervently hope Robby has been avoiding the comment sections for several months now.

            Likewise, X, I trust Elizabeth’s recent back and forth with GIL and a couple of others has been sufficient to keep her out of this Unsafe Space, this Ireful Frontier (I’m copywriting that this instant).

  5. The intended lesson was probably don’t text while driving. But the only thing the students at Brodhead High School learned was school administrators are sociopaths.

    As if they didn’t already know that.

    1. Yeah it seemed pretty obvious to me that the administrators and most of the teachers I had in high school really weren’t all that bright or capable.

      1. Stupid and incompetent was obvious – but it really took me about two to three years for it sink in that these people were monsters. Actual, certifiable sociopaths, who (when they gave a fuck) enjoyed messing with my slackjawed classmates. That my slackjawed fellow prisoners didn’t get this was more of surprise.
        [they go to fucking reunions]

        1. Even as a 15 year old I could see that an adult who enjoyed lording it over a bunch of 15 year olds was pretty pathetic.

        2. That my slackjawed fellow prisoners didn’t get this was more of surprise.
          [they go to fucking reunions]

          It’s funny you should say that. I’ve often thought of attending a high school reunion to be about the same as a attending a prison reunion.

  6. The students should have randomly slain four administrators to show them how it feels.

    1. *Muffled sound in the distance: PREEEEEEEEET*

      1. Ironically, that’s the sound a woodchipper starting up makes….

  7. My school did this when I was a kid. They actually staged a wreck in the street in front of the school. They made a PA announcement telling everyone to go out to the parking lot and look. They had a car flipped on its roof and firefighters cutting it open with the jaws of life. I was close enough to smell the ketchup they used for blood.

    The only thing I learned from the whole pantomime was that the county had way too much money.

    1. You didn’t learn they also had the Jaws of Life?

    2. Mine did that too.
      My first thought was how someone managed to get a car that far off the road, no way they got to that speed. How did the car flip so well? No dings on the sides, just up in the air, turned 180, and gently fell to the ground.

      Who speeds to school?!

      1. Marty McFly?

    3. Sure they had way too much money. But did they have so much that they could throw it at workshops to teach teachers how to pronounce kids’ names?

      Getting a student’s name right is emerging as a key lesson for metro area school districts as their enrollments become more and more culturally diverse. Some districts are hiring consultants and hosting teacher trainings. Some are signing onto national campaigns such as My Name, My Identity.

      Of course it is all worth it:

      Mispronouncing names can put students on a path that leads them to disconnect from their cultural identity and prompts them to change their own names, education researchers say.

      It has even been deemed a “microaggression,” a subtle form of racism.

      1. As though they cant just ask, or slip up the first time and try to get it right.

        1. My last name is in no way pronounced the way it spelled (my parents went to Brett Favre school of spelling). Look how I turned out.

          A lifetime of othering has warped my soul.

          1. Mines close, but people generally misspell it after they learn how i pronounce it.
            I probably say it differently than my great great grandfather

        2. Asking the student how to pronounce their name would be a microaggression, I’m sure.

    4. My senior year in high school, before prom they did a mock drunk driving accident. It was held in the football field, and was quite extravagant in using a bloodied crisis actor (a student who volunteered weeks before), air cannons under the stadium seats to enhance the “impact”, and had emergency service vehicles arrive on scene, including a freaking air-vac chopper that literally airlifted the “victim” to the hospital. A few days prior, they also had a renowned speaker, whose wife was killed by a drunk driver, come to give a speech to our class.

      These are serious issues and important lessons to be taught, but these theatrical scare tactics are as absurd as they are expensive.

      1. This is exactly what they did at my children’s HS, helicopter and all.

      2. But it’s not like we’re up to our eyeballs in debt and vastly underfunded defined benefit programs in every sector of society, all across the nation, so it’s all good.

    5. I played the part of the drunk driving student. I was probably high, as was my usual state at the time.

      1. Ah, coming back from lunch not giving a cunt suck

  8. BEST AND BRIGHTEST
    PUBLIC SERVANTS

    1. More funding, I say!

  9. I support what they did.

    What better way to demonstrate to kids that adults can be irresponsible jackasses who should not wield any authority whatsoever?

  10. Hopefully there’s a hashtag campaign being organized to fight this sort of thing,

    1. #FakeDeadCrashVictimsLivesMatter

  11. HEY!!!!

    Minnesoda is a real state and is not part of Wisconsin! Don’t be trying to paint us with that sconnie brush.

    1. I understand your confusion. That gal doesn’t seem to have the base layer of blubber that covers most Sconnies, so you can be forgiven for thinking that it is just a fugly Minnesodan.

  12. Pretty sure I learned not to trust the authorities quite early. I’m glad these folks are re-enforcing the message for a later generation.

    1. This Multi-Pass is for you, MJG.

  13. It took 10 full minutes for the school to explain that the announcement was a “drill,” of sorts, and that no one had actually died.

    Good one, Principal!

    Up next: a student wearing a trench coat and carrying a black Winchester 1200 loaded with nonlethal beanbag rounds will come to your office and test your level of preparedness for an active shooter scenario. Purely as a “drill”, mind you; no lasting injuries are anticipated. No need for any sort of consequences.

    1. “Very few of the school staff complained, so…”

  14. I hope the students learned a very, very important lesson from this. Hopefully not the one the administrators intended.

  15. OT: From a Charlottesville, VA based TV reporter

    Henry Graff Verified account
    ?@HenryGraff

    BREAKING: @HenryGraff reports: Sabrina Erdely found liable (w/malice) on 6 claims. Rolling Stone found liable on 3 claims. Waiting on Wenner

    1. I am pleasantly surprised.

    2. Now they figure damages, which is a whole different ball of wax. Or they may settle separately.

  16. Hey, public schooling in the 80s and 90s set me (and i’m sure many others) on the path of libertarianism. I’m glad to see schools continuing with those lessons.

    1. Catholic school did the same and it set me on the path to atheism/agnosticism as well.

      1. Catholic schools basically mass produce atheists nowadays. It doesn’t help when they hire ‘Catholic’ (i.e. confirmed but that’s it) teachers who then have to answer kids’ questions in religion class with ‘ummm…’.

        1. They’ve always produced high levels of atheists, the atheists just had to be quieter about it before because they wanted (or circumstances forced them) to remain culturally Catholic.

          1. Catholic schools in Canada somehow fail at even being teaching Catholicism properly. Yeah, let’s not teach the kids about Thomas Aquinas or Augustine of Hippo, might get it in their heads that they might actually have to question premises or debate concepts rather than accepting the dogma we provide without question.

        2. When I was a teenager Catholic schools produced cute girls in skirts who put out.

          1. ??There’s nothing like a Catholic girl
            With her hand on my balls, while she’s on her knees??

            1. This is probably triggering for Eddie. Sorry, Eddie.

              (Not really sorry)

          2. This is still true, and teenage me appreciated it.

    2. My public school’s one saving grace was turning me on to libertarianism, though inadvertently.
      Oh and a kick ass basketball team.

      1. I was publik skooled long before the Internet, and then went to a suny college. I was never exposed to anything even remotely libertarian until I stumbled across atlas shrugged in my mid 20s.

        1. Please I know I know she’s not a libertarian.

  17. “Very few parents complained, they noted.”

    In other words, “we pulled some bullshit, and most parents didn’t bother complaining because they knew it would be a useless exercise and we would simply belittle them. That means the parents approve what we did!”

    1. Yeah. Getting compliants isnt really the same as asking all kids and parents

    2. Part of me sincerely hopes they pull something like this when my oldest gets to high school. Just because I would love to shout at some of those self absorbed nanny statist pricks. I know it won’t help in the long run, but it sure would feel good (and teach my son that authority is not always right by simple virtue of being authority).

  18. So when did Michael Scott take over managing schools? Before or after the “Little kid lover” episode?

    1. +1 Hey Mr. Scott, what’cha gonna do?

      1. -Dozens of laptops.

    2. “I don’t know why there were complaints–I brought these kids back to life. They should be thanking me if anything. I’m just an educator; I’m just doing my job. Am I a hero? Yes.”

  19. Yes, texting-while-driving is a serious problem that results in a lot of dead teenagers. Schools and authority figures should discourage it. This was an unfathomably dumb and ineffective way to do that.

    No, it’s a serious problem that results in people doing 1/3 the speed limit and not going when the lights turn green. I’ve used my horn more times in the last 3 years than I have in the last 25.

    1. Lawns, they should be gotten off, particularly yours.

      1. It’s a sad state of affairs when the problem with kids these days is they drive too slow.

    2. Impossible.

      At best you can say you have used your horn the exact same amount in the last 25 years as the last 3 years. Since the last 25 years includes the last 3 years, your assertion is logically impossible.

      1. Pedantowned!

        1. Really, no big deal. After all, Minnesoda is the “Brainpower State”

      2. He’s run circles around you logically.

        Intercourse the horn !

      3. The word is “unpossible”.

        It’s like you’re new around here.

        1. Not new, just one of those “dense” libertarians you hear so much about.

    3. You might be thinking of Pok?mon Get-off-the-fucking-road.

    4. I can’t stand texting while walking. It should not be a NAP violation to shove these assholes out of the way.

  20. This was simply War of the Worlds for Dumb Swedes.

  21. What color is the thin line that protects teachers, yellow or brown?

    1. I thought they used little white lines, to get them through the day.

  22. Sabrina Erdely found liable (w/malice) on 6 claims. Rolling Stone found liable on 3 claims. Waiting on Wenner

    Excellent. We can scatter Rolling Stone’s ashes in the same pet cemetery as Gawker’s.

    1. Just don’t bury them in the ancient Indian burial ground, they’ll come back as the New York Times.

      1. A combination that unholy would come back as Salon.

          1. Salon, Slate and Vox, for everyone who won’t be able to understand what my brain just produced.

  23. And since no one else has yet…..Wouldn’t

    1. I require more information.

      1. Pretty sure the carpet doesn’t match the drapes.

        1. I think he meant he needs to see some verification of age.

          1. That’s how I took Zeb’s comment also, but we already know she’s in high school so I faux obtusely went in another direction, riffing off her purple hair. Which is not funny now that I’ve explained it.

          2. No braces, so she’s good to go.

            1. Teenage me would’ve. Thirty-something me has long since learned that obnoxiously dyed hair serves the same function in girls as bright colors do on poison dart frogs.

              1. Aposematism FTW!

        2. Polished linoleum matches everything.

          1. IF i know what you mean, AND i think i do.

      2. What are its pronouns?!

  24. So, what do you think would happen to a student who did the same thing as a prank?

    1. I won’t look for it, but some kids did a video where one of them lay on the floor with realistic blood nearby, and a teacher freaked out. I don’t know what happened to the kid.

      1. “First, make sure he’s dead”
        *BLAM* “Ok, now what?”

    2. They cant even have pop tart guns.

  25. I hope everyone learned a lesson about teaching lessons.

    1. You always leave a note!

    2. At last, a good reference.

  26. It’s true, texting while driving is bad.

  27. So the teens learned that adults will lie to them.
    Next lesson: drugs are bad, mm’kay.

  28. A Minnesota high school invented a story about a group of students dying in a car crash because of distracted driving and announced it over the PA system in order to teach everyone a lesson.

    You can’t fool me, that’s just an Arrested Development fanfic.

    1. That’s why you always keep both hands on the wheel.

  29. This is even worse than Santa Claus.

  30. So, the Peter Principle applies to Principals. Got it.

    1. Principals are a lot like cops: anyone who wants to be one is most assuredly wrong for the job.

      1. They are like presidents in that way as well.

      2. Or (in my direct experience), they are just fucking morons. My elementary school principal and one of the HS vice principals were two of the stupidest people I’ve ever met.

  31. I don’t know what Florida Man did, but note to self: do not antagonize the squirrels

  32. Hopefully at least student has an attorney for a parent who knows the elements of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress — which is cognizable under Minnesota law.

    1. IT WAS IN WISCONSIN!!!

      Even we aren’t that stupid ….

      I hope.

  33. We did this the cheap way by actually having a horrible car crash my senior year that killed a girl and left another with brain damage.

    1. In my junior year we had two seniors die and another two who were in the car were in the fire department. They tried to pull the driver out of the river they crashed into. That was shitty as it could be.

    2. Check Mr. Namedropper out over here.

    3. Seemed like every class had someone die tragically. I figured it was the universe making sure there was always someone to dedicate the yearbook to.

  34. Parents, students, taxpayers make up lawsuit about fraud to teach educrats a lesson…

  35. My senior year in high school, before prom they did a mock drunk driving accident. It was held in the football field, and was quite extravagant in using a bloodied crisis actor (a student who volunteered weeks before), air cannons under the stadium seats to enhance the “impact”, and had emergency service vehicles arrive on scene, including a freaking air-vac chopper that literally airlifted the “victim” to the hospital. A few days prior, they also had a renowned speaker, whose wife was killed by a drunk driver, come to give a speech to our class.

    When I was in high school, one of my classmates speared his Camaro into a great big tree on the edge of a narrow, undulating country road when the front end got light mid-corner. No fakery or special effects involved. He was deader than a doornail when the ambulance arrived. The gouge in the tree was still there years later.

    1. I remember a kid who, I think, actually did die in a wreck along with his family.

      I don’t think it was fake, if it was the school sure kept up the pretense for quite a while. 🙁

    2. Huh, I just had classmates who murdered people after graduation.

  36. You have to wonder, just how these hair brained schemes become animated, and then proceed as though it seemed like the proverbial good idea at the time, toward fruition. And of course everyone along the pipeline has to sign on less they be designated not a team player or some other awful career killing label.

    And then it happens, and the rest of the world wonders “what the hell were you [group] thinking? And they best they can come up with in the cold light of reason is “well, we meant well, our intentions were good.”

    Road to hell notwithstanding.

    1. You have to wonder, just how these hair brained schemes become animated, and then proceed as though it seemed like the proverbial good idea at the time, toward fruition.

      “Ideological capture”

    2. “Oh, we don’t believe in hell.” [blithely proceed to create it]

  37. So the entire administration is on leave pending the outcome of the child abuse investigation ,or just the principal?

  38. Turnabout fair play. I say four students get together and say that they’ve been raped by a group of teachers, then proceed with the “bazinga” and that it was all just a “drill”.

    Gotta teach those lessons about predatory teachers somehow.

  39. Hypothetical dead people didn’t immediately scare everyone into taking unwarranted and unreasonable action to prevent any and all deaths from drinking while driving texting while driving distracted driving?

    I don’t understand? It worked so well in advancing the global warming global climate change agenda.

  40. Out of an abundance of caution, and to prevent even one more student from being subjected to something like this, we should close all the public schools until further notice.

  41. Are you sure that photo wasn’t for a story about transgender bathrooms?

    Has all the classic signs.

    Dyed hair.
    Thing around neck covering up adam’s apple.
    Looks like a dude.

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