Teachers have apologised after a bunch of GCSE pupils have been requested to write a mock suicide observe as a part of a writing train.
Children at Cheney School in Headington, Oxford, have been advised to undertake the character of a younger girl in 1912 as a part of their research of JB Priestley’s 1945 play, An inspector Calls.
A mom complained saying she was uncomfortable with the duty.
She stated: ‘The precise project was “imagine you are a young woman in 1912 writing a suicide letter to those who care about you”.
‘[There was] no warning, no support, no encouragement.’
She advised the BBC: ‘I genuinely feel it could be done well to raise awareness of teen mental health and suicide, but this was a massive fail. It is a tumultuous time for them as teenagers.’
The college stated they have been ‘very sorry for any distress caused’ and the train was a part of a ‘wider matter on social accountability.
They gave children the choice to excuse themselves from the lesson in the event that they discovered it distressing however the process has now been reviewed and ‘adjusted accordingly’.
The play begins after the demise of character Eva Smith who isn’t seen within the play however leaves behind a letter.