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Classroom horror videos leave Fayetteville parents screaming

Posted June 8
Updated June 9

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— The parents of a Fayetteville sixth-grader are upset that one of his teachers showed students horror videos Tuesday to fill class time at the end of the school year.

Pamela and Daryll Packer said their 12-year-old son came home from Pine Forest Middle School traumatized by the videos, which a Spanish teacher showed to dozens of students during three periods.

"Jacob said they were required to watch these movies in class, and I said, 'What kind of movies?' and he said they were scary movies," Pamela Packer said.

The parents said they pulled the videos up online and watched them. One showed a little girl being lured to the kitchen in her home by a demonic figure using balloons and candy to get her to come downstairs, and the girl then sees the monster with her mother in a plastic bag.

"For him to be made to sit in there to look at something like that, to view something like that, and to be ... shell-shocked when he came home, I was a little upset. I was very upset," Daryll Packer said.

Jacob recently turned 12, and the Packers said they had to remove all of the balloons that were still in their home.

The other two videos were an animated clip that ends with a boy killing his father and one showing a person covered in goop called Little Baby's Ice Cream that he's eating with a spoon.

The three-time combat veteran said even he couldn't watch the videos a second time.

"It really shocked me as an adult," he said. "Some things I can stomach, some things I can push aside. But I put myself in his shoes, and I could see why he was terrified."

Principal Billy Starks declined to comment on the incident, other than to say the videos were inappropriate and hadn't been cleared by his office, so they shouldn't have been played.

Starks said he plans to send a letter out to parents to make sure the movies didn't upset other children.

"I'm sure, if we could poll the classroom and talk with other parents, that Jacob was not the only one that was traumatized by these movies," Pamela Packer said.

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  • Erica Konopka Jun 9, 3:10 p.m.
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    Little Baby's Ice Cream video- full disclaimer, it might leave you terrified. Or not.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erh2ngRZxs0

  • Erica Konopka Jun 9, 3:09 p.m.
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    Not sure of the other videos, since there was no title provided, but the Little Baby's Ice Cream is a COMMERCIAL (albeit a strange one) for ice cream. Google it. It's rather odd. Didn't make me want ice cream! How sensitive are these kids that they run screaming from creepy commercials and have to have their parents modify the contents of their homes because of them? No disrespect to the three time combat veteran, but someone covered in marshmallow creme or similar, scooping it off their head and eating it is hardly so terrifying that it can't be watched a second time. Would be helpful to have the titles of the other videos so people didn't all assume we're talking about R-rated movies here.....

  • RB Redmond Jun 9, 2:08 p.m.
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    - Doesn't matter. (Sadly) parents have a right to let their children play and watch whatever they choose. Teachers do NOT!!!

  • RB Redmond Jun 9, 2:05 p.m.
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    With what 6th graders are exposed to at home every day, it's hard to imagine one being traumatized by almost anything. Still, this is in school. There were no educational videos or games the teacher could have used?

  • Erika Phipps Jun 9, 12:51 p.m.
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    Years ago a 9th grade teacher showed my daughter's class only the first 27 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" during the last week of school. (The graphic Normandy landing, y'know, the one we could READ ABOUT IN BOOKS.) She didn't have offspring, and actually tried to justify her vetoing parent permission. But she'd already resigned to go work elsewhere and didn't care at all. In retrospect I should have told her new employers, but hindsight is 20/20. Another teacher the same year recommended the kids rent and watch the R-rated "Se7en" to help them better understand the bible. This was a public school BTW. *sigh*

  • TJ Wahoo Jun 9, 12:12 p.m.
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    Ratings aside, if our students have to be entertained this way at the end of the school year, it is time to reduce the calendar.

  • Nicolle Leney Jun 9, 11:50 a.m.
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    The ones it does the most damage to is the quiet shy students that would never watch this type of thing. I STILL have an irrational fear of bees after our entire middle school watched The Swarm (killer bees movie) for a Halloween "treat." And as bad as that was, it doesn't even sound like it even comes close to those videos. Even if some kids might be watching worse, others will definitely end up having nightmares :(

  • Phillip Mozingo Jun 9, 11:34 a.m.
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    What the heck happened to PBS television? That is all we were allowed to watch in school 30 years ago. My how times have changed. I'd be willing to bet those video's were not approved by school officials.

  • Kim Plucker Jun 9, 11:14 a.m.
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    Pretty sure these were rated R movies that where parent's permission MUST be given for the kids to view, just like those rated M for mature games someone referred to. Now as for the movie with some kid killing a parent... REALLY?

  • MrsLaura LauraGail Jun 9, 10:27 a.m.
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    Of course I don't think that. BUT, as the mother of three young adult boys, I controlled what they were exposed to when they were growing up, and trust me, they NEVER viewed any movie in which a child killed their parent. There are some things that young minds should not even be exposed to, a teacher should know that. Those kids can't erase what they have seen, why would any mature adult expose them to such ugliness.

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