Uproar after school shows 11 year olds Hunger Games movie
The Bethel School District in Pierce County is investigating why a teacher showed a violent, age inappropriate movie to dozens of middle school students.
The movie was supposed to part of a reward for students at Bethel Middle School for taking part in a friendly reading competition called 'Battle of the Books'. However, many parents were shocked to find out the movies the school showed was Hunger Games Catching Fire - a movie rated PG-13. The students watching were 11- and 12-years-old.
"I'm sure a lot of older kids are super excited about seeing it, but it's not OK for my little girl to see," said parent Melissa Fleming who says the school did not send permission slips home before showing the movie. "I felt like the school should be a safe place and it wasn't."
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Bethel School District said "the teacher did not follow district policy." That policy says "parent permission must be obtained prior to students viewing any video with a rating other than 'G.' "
The district is still investigating.