A concerned parent in Perth, Australia, has reported an unsettling incident involving a “disgusting” Father’s Day gift brought home by his six-year-old daughter.
His Young Daughter Received a Peculiar “Gift”
Trent Howard, the parent in question, revealed that his young daughter received a peculiar “gift” from her teacher at Connolly Primary School.
It Was ‘Activity Dice’
This gift was described as an “activity dice” designed to be rolled when feeling upset or in a “bad mood.”
One Side Had a Disturbing Picture
One of the options on the dice featured a picture of a bullet that children were encouraged to color.
‘Take When All Else Fails’
Above the image of the bullet, the text read: “Bullet — Take when all else fails.”
A Father’s Disgust
Howard expressed his outrage, stating, “To create this, and distribute this, is disgusting.”
Was the School Suggesting Suicide?
He went on to point out that the school’s gift seemed to suggest suicide at a time when mental health challenges and suicide rates are a growing concern.
“If You’ve Had Enough, Shoot Yourself?”
Howard questioned the message behind the bullet picture, asking, “If you’ve had enough, shoot yourself. What else could that be interpreted to say?”
The Teacher Claims It’s a Joke
Howard’s wife, Renea, confronted her daughter’s teacher about the disturbing gift.
According to the New York Post, the teacher claimed it was intended as a joke, to which Renea responded, “It wasn’t funny.”
A Local Psychologist is Concerned
Dr. Bailey Bosch, a local psychologist, expressed her concerns, discussing the potential impact on both children and parents.
Children Take Things Literally
She noted that children often take things literally and might be distressed by such imagery.
Furthermore, some adults could be triggered by words related to bullets or death.
There Was a Serious Lack of Judgement
The Department of Education acknowledged that the activity was “clearly not thought through” and displayed a “serious lack in judgment.”
‘Should Never Have Happened’
School administrators have issued apologies to parents, and Melesha Sands, Deputy Director General of schools for the WA Department of Education, released a statement through NCA NewsWire:
“While I understand the activity related to confectionery, it was clearly not thought through and should never have happened. The school has since apologized to parents and will not be repeating this activity in the future.”
The Principal Also Apologized
She continued, “The principal has also apologized directly to a parent who put in a complaint.
I’d like to also apologize to parents and reiterate this activity was not appropriate for students, which has been discussed with the school.”
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