Yesterday and today at school, my 13 year old son watched scences from Saving Private Ryan, including the very graphic beach landing scenes at the start of the film ( when this film was first released, people were leaving the cinema in the first 5 mins due to these beach scenes being so disturping ) as part of his English lesson.
The film is certified 15, he is 13.
We ( as parents ) were not asked permission for this to happen.
Am I right in feeling outraged, robbed of my say as his parent or am I being too sensitive, other children in the class had already watched far worse ( according to them ) Hostel rated 18 etc, what about the legality ?
I think that's really irresponsible. What's the point of a rating if it is going to be ignored by the school? Just because some children watch much worse stuff (and you could never prove this could you as boys like to be macho), doesn't mean that it's right.
I can remember having to watch a film called Threads when I was at school. It was about a nuclear bomb landing in Sheffield and I was so upset by it, I had to leave half way through with my hands shaking which was quite humiliating. I couldn't sleep properly for ages afterwards.
I've not watched SPR for the very reason that it IS supposed to be very gruesome (although obviously, the story is a serious and valid one). Some people can cope with explicit films, some can't and you should have the choice. Showing it to a class of 13 year olds is hardly giving anyone a choice, parent or child. I think also that there are much less graphic films that are equally as good, if a school is going to cover the war and if they wanted to include SPR, maybe they should have rented the film out to pupils who wanted to watch it, then both parent and child could choose for themselves. I think you have every right to feel as you do, I bet you're not the only one either! >:(
I'm pretty sure it's illegal to show a film to people under the age of the film certificate. Having worked for Virgin selling such items, I know that we were not even allowed to show a film with a certificate above a PG in a public place such as on the screens in store. If I were you, I wouod be having a stern word with the school about this.
I agree. Definately not overreacting, I can't believe the school would do this. I know they are trying to teach in different ways and engage pupils etc etc but they should def. have sought parental permission first.
Like everyone says, I am sure it is illegal anyway! Maybe it's a renegade teacher.
I was in a film club at school and we watched psycho (the first 30 mins or so) - I was 15 and wasn't scared at all. Someone showed Freddie (whatever the film is called) on the last day of term as a 'treat' when I was about 12 and I ended up throwing up in the toilets and having nightmares for months afterwords.
I would be really angry about it too. I totally agree that it's taking away your right as a parent to choose whether or not to allow your child to watch a film that has been rated above his age. Would definately complain!
I agree too. My daughter is 13 and we do not allow her to watch films rated as a certificate 15 at home. I would be very angry if she was allowed to do this at school, especially if I was not consulted or had not given my consent.
I really cant believe that the teacher would do that! i'm totally shocked, how completely irresponsible and cruel! i'm glad to hear you will be taking it further, i have never heard of something so outrageous happening, as if it wasnt bad enough already! Dont let them fob you off whatever you do….....they should defintely not be allowed to get away with it and that teacher should receive some sort of disciplinary action to ensure that he realises he cant behave in that way again.
That is outrageous, bullying behaviour. I might expect that from a child but from an adult, let alone a teacher, that's completely out of order. And all because they were in the wrong in the first place and they knew it.
That is disgusting :o I would be furious >:( It does seem a very childish action from the teacher. I hope your son realises that he has done nothing wrong, and he has been bullied by his teacher. And let us know how you get on with taking this further.
That is unbelievable!!!! I can't believe a teacher would be so idiotic as to say all that!! Is he a 'cool' teacher trying to be one of the kids? It doesn't make any kind of sense >:(
Good luck with the complaints, I would be interested to hear what happens. He should be made to apologise to your son in front of the class, and then explain what an idiot he is and he is hoping for some kind of treatment but nothing has been forthcoming yet