A school in London has come under fire after telling 60 teenage pupils to write their own suicide notes during an English class assignment.
The task was given as part of the year group’s studies on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which Lady Macbeth dies “by self and violent hands”.
Senior staff at Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke apologised for upsetting students, some of whom are said to have friends who have taken their own lives.
One mother said three of her daughter’s friends had killed themselves, and that her daughter was “very distressed” after being asked to write the note.
“On what universe was it ever a good idea to ask a group of teenagers to write suicide notes?” she said to local newspaper News Shopper.
Every single teacher has their ‘how do I reach these kids?’ It’s safe to say that this teacher threw on a leather jacket, set up a chair at the front of the classroom and sat on it backwards, Dangerous Minds style.
The only real problem here is maybe don’t have all of your students write their own suicide notes after 3 kids from this very same school have already killed themselves. Not a great look. Some people may have a few negative reviews of that lesson plan.
Never go full Michelle Pfeiffer. Stop halfway up the ladder at Hilary Swank in Freedom Writers. Also, not to be a literature nerd but Lady Macbeth’s entire story was all about her feverish ambition. Homegirl died off stage. Her alleged suicide was the least interesting aspect of her storyline. I don’t care if you force emotionally unstable teenagers to contemplate suicide but don’t do it because of fucking Lady Macbeth.
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