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Vermont Cops Traumatize Students With Surprising Fake Mass Shootings

A group of twenty students who visited a police station in Burlington, Vermont, as part of their forensics class, were possible scarred for life on Wednesday when the police went and staged a fake shooting the kind where children today have grown up fearing they will die. Pleasure!

According to witnesses, the students were listening to a detective giving a presentation on solving crimes when they suddenly heard screaming. Two women ran into the room, followed by a man wearing a balaclava and carrying a gun. What sounded like very real gunshots rang out as children dived to the ground and tried to text their parents.

“I’m shaking and crying because I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to get shot,’” one student said Seven days in Vermont. “It felt so real.”

Burlington police released a statement saying they had received permission from the school in advance and asked if the students would be okay with a mock mass shooting.

“I think these students will enjoy this simulation,” school staff responded, according to the statement. “We will notify parents and students.”

The students and their very angry parents say they actually received no warning.

The school has since apologized and offered guidance to the students.

An email from teachers to parents said officers said they had conducted this experiment with adults and students with great success.

“The detectives apologized after realizing that the reenactment did not go over well to high school students,” they wrote, though it’s hard to imagine that the problem here is that they were teenagers. I can’t say I would have reacted differently if I had been surprised by a man in a balaclava holding a gun and pretending to shoot at me. That’s a bad surprise!

The purpose of the simulation was to teach the children about the unreliability of witness statements, which is very important to understand. However, there are ways to demonstrate this in a way that doesn’t have to be followed by years of therapy. For example, there is the very famous one 1974 Loftus and Palmer experiment, in which psychologists Elizabeth Loftus and John Palmer showed subjects images of car accidents and then asked certain questions about the car accidents to demonstrate how “interrogation techniques easily distort memory, and information obtained after an event can merge with the original memory, causing inaccurate recollection or reconstructive memories.” memory.”

It’s honestly completely baffling that the police would choose to go along with this fake mass shooting when such a blueprint, created by real psychologists who knew what they were doing, already exists. No fake gunshots needed!

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The incident follows the reappointment of Burlington Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Police Chief Jon Murad, who has long been deeply unpopular with Mulvaney-Stanak’s fellow progressives. Probably because of things like threaten to arrest doctors who treat gunshot victims and be terrible to female commissioners.

For example, I also prefer the kind of Murad that eliminates scars over the kind that causes them.

Mulvaney-Stanak says this hasn’t made her reconsider appointing Murad, though she does hope the entire department can “think about why (the demonstration) was problematic.”

The police are scheduled to meet with the students again today to talk about the incident, which I am sure we all hope they can do without feeling the need to greet them with a bomb threat.

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