A school has been forced to apologise for upsetting pupils after a class was asked to write suicide notes as part of a project.
Pupils at Thomas Tallis School in south east London, were instructed to write suicide notes in English class while studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
More than 60 teenagers were asked to write suicide notes to their families after studying the play.
In the play, Lady Macbeth commits suicide after becoming wracked with guilt over the murder of King Duncan.
One mum, who asked not to be named, said three of her daughter’s friends had killed themselves, and because of this, her daughter was ‘very distressed’ after being asked to write the note, writes the Express.
They were doing Macbeth in English (and) the assignment they were being given was writing a suicide letter.
My daughter has had personal experience with people her age committing suicide.
On what universe was it ever, under any situation, a good idea to ask a group of teenagers to write suicide notes?
At least two classes have done this assignment. My daughter is very outspoken but there are other kids not as vocal who might be suffering from depression.
Another parent, who also wanted to remain anonymous said:
It’s fine for children to learn Shakespeare, but it is certainly not fine to get them to write suicide notes.
Whoever came up with this needs to go back to teacher training college.
Headteacher Carolyn Roberts said ‘action had been taken’ and that similar class projects would not take place again.
A parent contacted us with concerns about a written exercise given to a class during studies of a play by Shakespeare.
We appreciate that the exercise was upsetting to the family and have discussed the subject matter and approach with teaching staff.
I met with the parent last week and apologised wholeheartedly on behalf of the school and reassured them about the actions that have been taken.