High School Teacher Terminated After Making Students Write Their Own Obituaries

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An Orlando high school teacher, Jeffrey Keane, who teaches psychology has been fired after teaching a lesson that ended in students writing their own obituaries, reports say. 

According to Fox 35, the Dr. Phillips High School teacher made students write their own obituaries to teach gun safety. Keane requested that the class place themselves into an active shooter incident, which would help them write about dealing with morality as if they were going through a theoretical occurrence. 

Keane explained,

“If they died 24 hours from now, what would they do differently, than they did yesterday? And that’s to show them what’s important in the world. It wasn’t to say, you’re gonna die and let’s stretch you out.”

He went on to tell the news outlet that at the bottom of the lesson plan, he implemented a disclaimer to reassure students that

“this is in no way to upset you.”

A student who was frustrated with the lesson told a counselor. The counselor spoke with a supervisor, which subsequently led to the teacher’s termination. 

 “When they said you have the option to resign without violating your contract, I said, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘If I did, tell me what it is. They said, ‘We can’t do that.’ I said, ‘In that case, since I don’t know what I did wrong, you can go ahead and terminate me without cause,’”

said Keane. 

#Clique, did this teacher take it too far?

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