New York Middle School Assignment Shows Kids How to Kill a Baby

It appears that a middle school in New York is training kids in how to shake a baby so hard that it kills them with a hands on assignment where kids are forced to shake a mechanical baby until it stops crying–i.e. until they shake it to death–in a class unit on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Lennie Jarrett of spoke to the parent of a middle schooler in Churchville-Chili Middle School in Churchville, NY, earlier this week and the parent said that his child was traumatized by having been forced to “kill” a baby in class.

The father noted that the kids were told that shaking a baby too hard could kill it and offered the example of a man who was in jail for shaking his own child to death. Then kids were ordered to symbolically kill a baby right there in class using a mechanical baby.

“The teacher demonstrated shaking and killing the baby. Once done, she told the students they were going to take turns killing the baby and then warned, “Just don’t go crazy, the doll is heavy”. They were instructed to shake it continuously as the ‘baby’ screamed and screamed until all the parts of the ‘brain’ had lit up indicating which part of the brain was being injured. They were instructed to shake the ‘baby’ until it was quiet. Until it was dead. My son was the first to refuse to participate. He said his teacher was shocked. Others followed his lead.”

The father also noted that his child told him that some of the kids thought it was funny to kill the baby and one even threw the baby against the wall while another slammed the baby on a desk.

The unit was taught in Mrs. Amory’s 7th grade Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Naturally this assignment is a Common Core aligned class.

The FACS class was described this way on the school website:

Career and Technical Education which includes Family and Consumer Sciences is a program designed to prepare students to meet their responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, wage earners, and parents. This course is designed to prepare you to become “Life Ready.”

The page was subsequently deleted from the school website.

It is nearly impossible to understand how a class that shows kids how to shake a baby to death–then forces kids to actually shake a mechanical baby to death, even symbolically–can teach children that babies are delicate and shouldn’t be shaken until they are dead!

Principal Giulio Bosco had vowed to investigate the class, but in a statement from Mr. Bosco and Superintendent Pamela Kissel the criticisms of the class were called “inaccurate.” The statement, though, didn’t answer to any specific allegations and only issued its blanket “inaccurate” denial.

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  • jim_m

    They are teaching the kids important life lessons. The first semester is how to commit murder. Second semester is how to dispose of the body so no one finds out. Alibis and going on the lam will be covered in their Sophomore year.

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    consequences of mishandling an infant, while giving the participants methods to
    sooth a crying infant and help them build a plan to cope with the frustrations
    of an inconsolable baby. Child abuse is 100% preventable, with education we can
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    • warnertoddhuston

      And don’t forget the companion product, The Wammo electric chair which executes kids so that they can learn that murder is a baaaaaad thing.

      • JWH

        I give RealityWorks’ social-media team credit for seeing this rather quickly.

    • jim_m

      Seems to me is that what it teaches is how much you can abuse a baby and still get away with it.

      Child abuse is 100% concealable. With education we can teach parents how to get away with it.

      Look, it isn’t your product. It is all about how people are using your product. If school teachers are failing to pass on the proper attitude then your product gets abused.

      • jim_m

        Furthermore… Would it not make more sense to simply teach these kids to not shake a baby at all? For as much ridicule as Reagan’s “Just say no” campaign took, statistics showed that there was a reduction in drug abuse by children.

        At a certain point we should not be teaching how much abuse is OK. Shaking a baby is wrong in any amount.

        • You got that right.

          Did I get frustrated with the little guy at times? Hell, yeah. But the idea of picking him up and shaking him a ‘tolerable amount’ never even crossed my mind. A crying baby’s telling you something is WRONG, not ‘I want to be picked up and shaken!’

          This teacher ought to be fired. Her judgment is severely lacking.

      • warnertoddhuston

        I am shocked you don’t see the efficacy of this, Jim. I mean, their “Gay Bash Gary” doll is equally effective. You pull the string and “Gary” says “hey good looking.” Then you put it on the ground and stomp on it until it stops moving. See, that teaches kids that gay bashing is bad. Don’t you see?

        • jim_m

          I think this could open up a whole line of dolls/mannequins. I can see Beat me Barbara, which helps teach young men how to beat your girlfriend and not leave visible marks.

          The sad thing is that this company meant well, but without proper instruction, their product was misused. I suppose the problem was that they presumed that public school teachers would be responsible. That was a bad plan.

    • Nothing personal here – I understand how you’re ‘caring’ with this – but there isn’t a blasted thing you can do when your product is viciously abused like this. You may design it for one thing – but here it’s not being used to teach kids how to take care of an infant – the teacher was SPECIFICALLY telling the kids to abuse it and ‘kill’ it.

      Which makes me wonder about the teacher’s mental health, to be honest. Someone who’d push that in class and be shocked when the kids DON’T follow her instructions has no business in the classroom in the first place.

  • GarandFan

    While I can see an instructor using the doll for demonstration purposes, having the kids perform the same act is disgusting. What’s next, bring a gun loaded with blanks into the classroom and let the kids feel the power of shooting their classmates?

  • JWH

    There has got to be more to this. I hope there is more to it.