Nov 1, 2016 1:02 PM

High school fakes classmates' deaths for distracted driving lesson

BRODHEAD, Wis. — People are questioning if a high school went too far after faking the death of four students in order to teach a lesson about distracted driving.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Brodhead High School students received an announcement that four of their classmates had been killed in a car crash involving texting and driving.

As students contacted their parents and some began to cry, the school made an announcement that the previous message had actually been part of a drill about safe driving techniques and no crash had really happened, the Washington Post reported.

Now questions are being asked if the school crossed a line to get its safe-driving message out.

Brodhead School District Superintendent Leonard Lueck told The Post in an email that the drill was intended to bring awareness to teen driving safety but acknowledged “problems with this activity due to communication issues that occurred.”

Lueck also said an apology went out to parents and students for any stress that the activity may have caused.

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