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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I would tend to think that would be great for followup lessons. Have kids plan a terrorist attack, then show them a movie with footage of 9/11 and the aftermath of attacks.
    footage of the Bali bombings would be more relevant, which was one of the reasons people are bitching about this in the first place.
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    because, it's possible for a kid to shoot up a school, i'm yet to meet any 15 year old that's built a chemical or nuclear weapon, i mean, i didn't make thermite 'till i was 17.
    This is what they were asked to do, not build chemical or nuclear weapons:

    The students were asked to pretend they were terrorists making a political statement by releasing a chemical or biological agent on "an unsuspecting Australian community", according to a copy of the assignment.

    The task included choosing the best time to attack and explaining their choice of victims and what effects the attack would have on a human body.

    "Your goal is to kill the MOST innocent civilians in order to get your message across," the assignment read.

    Grades were to be allocated based on students' ability to analyse information they had learned on terrorism and chemical and biological warfare and apply it to a real-life scenario, the newspaper said.
    Do you really think that's beyond the grasp or the reach of 15 year-olds? Simply poisoning a water supply? Finding some kind of way to spread disease? Making it as effective as they could make it?

    Particularly when part of the assignment, specifically, is researching exactly how to do these things?

    Sorry; there is no difference.
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    (I've snipped at various points.)

    This assignment was insensitive, stupid, unprofessional and a host of other derogatory adjectives one could come up with. My examples are no different. Hypothetical terrorist attack=hypothetical rape attack=hypothetical bombing attack="pretend you're a murderer." Just plain ridiculous.
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    insensitive to whom? there hasn't been a terrorist attack on Australian soil since 1915, stupidity is a matter of opinion, and the teachers profession is to teach, and that's what this assignment was doing.

    and i still don't think those things are equal, and repeating it won't change that.

    personally, i if was going to plant a chemical weapon, it would be in the underground areas of Flinders Street Station, so there it could spread through the Melbourne Loop to the other 4 underground stations, and i'd do it at about 5:30pm, to catch the people on their way home from work.

    ****, now i must be a terrorist.
    Did you miss the Bali bombings? Exactly how is desensitizing children to terrorist attacks a good thing?
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    The funny thing is if these kids had decided to plan this as just a 'for fun' exercise and were caught they would be sent to a psychologist and labelled disturbed, antisocial, and behavior disordered.

    Now students...lets here Sally's report...Sally?
    Well...I would walk into an elementary school cafeteria during lunch time, walk up to the adult in charge, and blow his or her head of with a shotgun. then i would methodically blow them away, one at a time, feeding shells into the magazine as I went to avoid being empty and being rushed.

    Well...thats nice...but how many of the little ****ers do you think you could off?

    Well...if history is any indicator, Im thinking a police response time should be 4-6 minutes...and as long as i first targeted any adult that i saw, I would say, low estimate...30-40. Of course...lin terms of sheer gore...the sight of 30-40 children ripped apart by short range blasts from a 12 gauge would be far more psychologically impactful than say...200 worthless homeless people...or 100 or so at a mall.

    Oh...and for extra credit...I would stand right out in public after I was done so the cops would have to shoot me in front of the cameras. Imagine that sight...a blood covered 15 year old, then being blasted by a volley from the cops. I estimate most cops that pulled triggers would live with that for the rest of their lives...

    A+ Sally...well done...class...what are your thoughts???

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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    The funny thing is if these kids had decided to plan this as just a 'for fun' exercise and were caught they would be sent to a psychologist and labelled disturbed, antisocial, and behavior disordered.

    Now students...lets here Sally's report...Sally?
    Well...I would walk into an elementary school cafeteria during lunch time, walk up to the adult in charge, and blow his or her head of with a shotgun. then i would methodically blow them away, one at a time, feeding shells into the magazine as I went to avoid being empty and being rushed.

    Well...thats nice...but how many of the little ****ers do you think you could off?

    Well...if history is any indicator, Im thinking a police response time should be 4-6 minutes...and as long as i first targeted any adult that i saw, I would say, low estimate...30-40. Of course...lin terms of sheer gore...the sight of 30-40 children ripped apart by short range blasts from a 12 gauge would be far more psychologically impactful than say...200 worthless homeless people...or 100 or so at a mall.

    Oh...and for extra credit...I would stand right out in public after I was done so the cops would have to shoot me in front of the cameras. Imagine that sight...a blood covered 15 year old, then being blasted by a volley from the cops. I estimate most cops that pulled triggers would live with that for the rest of their lives...

    A+ Sally...well done...class...what are your thoughts???
    That's not even close to being an accurate comparison of what the assignment asked for.

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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am going to come down on the side of saying this was a good lesson. In the coming years, we have to expect and plan for more terrorist attacks. Teaching teenage children what the terrorists will look for in a place to attack, and making them reason as a terrorist would, provides them a better set of tools to help prevent such attacks.
    Or teach them how to plan a terrorist attack.... can't have one without the other.
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    because, it's possible for a kid to shoot up a school, i'm yet to meet any 15 year old that's built a chemical or nuclear weapon, i mean, i didn't make thermite 'till i was 17.
    Funny, I made my first nerve gas at 15.....
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    To be honest it doesn't sound like the teacher was trying to breed terrorism. Yeah, it was a stupid idea. However, i don't think it was as bad or as harmful as some may believe. It would be one thing if the teacher endorsed terrorism. I just think the teacher wanted to assign a creative assignment but didn't think through the implications of it.
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    Re: G'day class, today we're going to plot a terrorist attack in Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    Funny, I made my first nerve gas at 15.....
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