Classroom horror videos leave Fayetteville parents screaming
Posted June 8, 2016
Updated June 9, 2016
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.