Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

News Children 'Left Terrified' by School's Mock War

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

News Children 'Left Terrified' by School's Mock War

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PARENTS say their children were left 'terrified' after a primary school staged a mock bombing raid and told them war had broken out.

A number of parents said some youngsters at Ludworth Primary School in Stockport were left in tears - and were sick with fright - because they did not know it was merely an exercise.

A group of parents told the M.E.N. they believed it was particularly inappropriate to stage a mock bombing raid as a child at the Marple Bridge school was at the Manchester Arena on May 22 - and is still traumatised.

The school said children showed 'no signs of distress' and were 'buzzing with excitement' about the exercise, which was intended to help them empathise with Second World War evacuees.

Many parents, however, said that was not the case and children were left upset.

Pupils between nine and 11 told their parents they were ushered into the school hall before being played a recording of former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announcing that Britain was at war with Germany. An air raid siren then rang out and youngsters were instructed to hide under tables.

Children said they were told they would become evacuees - and some said they thought they wouldn't see their parents again. …

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