EEK! I accidentally showed a nude scene to my 8th graders

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  1. TeacherShelly

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    Regarding sex and violence... I was shocked and deeply hurt by the immense violence committed against the man in John Adams. That was an atrocious act of violence, and I felt sick that my founders and first Americans were so cruel. Certainly not a titillating scene.

    No one here said it was a sexy scene, I know, but seeing the man's naked and unprotected body burned just hurt my soul.
     
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    To be honest, for me, the violence of the tarring and feathering would be worse than the nudity. Scenes like that would replay in my mind long after the childish snickering and lewd comments were forgotten.

    I know for a fact that my daughter would lose sleep for several nights in a row having witnessed the scene you describe. I'm fairly sure that it would cost me some sleep as well.

    Is it a career killer? No.

    But I do think it's a mistake that could have been prevented. You should have either previewed the whole movie, or shut off the film once you reached the point where you had finished previewing.
     
  3. Jerseygirlteach

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    Okay, just to be clear - we never made it to the tar and feathering. The colonists yelled "Let's tar and feather him!", they started stripping his clothes, I grabbed the remote control, and the man was getting his pants pulled off a second before I hit "stop" on the TV remote.

    Yes, I should have screened the whole thing. I realize how careless I was. It will never happen again.
     
  4. stargirl

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    Well, you learn from your mistakes.
    To be honest, something similar happened to me in my first year of teaching. I was showing an educational documentary about the country of Japan and the film suddenly cut to the inside of a bathhouse with obviously naked men in the scene. Luckily, I was close enough to the screen so that I was able to stand in front, covering it up, while I turned it off. I don't think the kids actually saw anything, though they were aware of it.

    And believe me, I have been extra careful to make sure something like that does not happen again.
     
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    Oh, that's a relief! I had the idea they saw him get stripped, covered in boiling tar, and feathered. Before seeing that movie, I actually thought the expression was an exaggeration. I'm glad your kids didn't see it.

    And don't be too hard on yourself ... it seems like most people have something like this story to tell. You were sick with grief over it, anyway, which proves you didn't take it lightly.
     
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    Really? I like to think I'm not the only person who hadn't seen it all in middle school.
     
  7. Caesar753

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    I definitely hadn't seen it all when I was in middle school, besides what I had at least. :p
     
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    And I tried not to look at even that! Oh, how I don't miss awkward adolescence. :eek:
     
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    It's amazing how many of us have basically the same 8th grade "Romeo and Juliet" story. LOL
     
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    Here is my story just like that.

    I was so proud of myself because I found a great book that turns reading Bible passages into games and I am a horrible religion teacher so I thought I was set. The game involved reading a Bible passage, asking 4 questions about it, and who ever got the most correct won. My kids loved it!

    One day I forgot to preview the story. I thought it would be fine, it is from a lesson plan book that is for kids grades 4-6 and I was reading out of a children's Bible. STUPID. Basically I started reading the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Since I know nothing about religion I didn't know the story so I am reading it and all of a sudden I stop.

    If anyone knows the story it is so horribly inappropriate for 5th graders. And the children's Bible did not cut out any part of it. I stopped it before I said anything and was so flustered. I think that is the only time my 5th grade boys wanted to know the rest of a Bible passage.

    I knew I should have read it and now that it happened how it did I will never not preview anything. Good lesson to learn:)
     
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    Guess I'm a bad teacher. I've shown Romeo and Juliet, parts of Schindler's List and Angela's Ashes. No notes home. No parents complained (one complained about the book, Angela's Ashes because of masturb*****). I heard that the parent complained about the book, but I never heard anything from my principal.
     
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    I think that different communities have difference tolerance levels and expectations. In my hometown (liberal upper midwest) none of those things would have mattered to any parents. Where I live now, there's a huge population of two different religious groups, and both would have raised a stink about those things.
     
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    Yeah, you're right. I think the parent who complained about the book ....it was really reataliation due to her daughter's failing grade.
     
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    I still show Zeffirelli's version of R & J (I am assuming that's what many of you were talking about - there is a shot of boob) to my 7th graders. I prepare them and we have permission slips.

    The oops! story I have is actually about my cousin. He used to work for a cable company someplace that shall remain nameless. The guy responsible for taping the late night programming apparently spent his time watching adult movies and somehow managed to accidentally record about 8 seconds of hard core porn onto The Simpsons. When the show aired in prime time, all 8 seconds played for the entire region.

    My cousin, when telling this story, likes to say, "8 seconds doesn't sound that long, but if you count it out and imagine how much 'action' can take place in a full 8 seconds...well, it was pretty bad." Needless to say, that particular employee got his pink slip!
     
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    I'm surprised at R&J being read in middle school. We didn't touch any shakespeare until 9th grade.

    We read one shakespeare a year, except 10th, where we read none.
     
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    I don't see much of a problem with this but i would probably go to the principal just to bring it up. It says a lot for you to come in and admit that you may have made a possible mistake instead of trying to assume or cover up. However, that could go wrong as well.

    Honestly, i do not think there is anything wrong with someone seeing a naked man as long as it is a historically accurate naked man! All jokes aside, cusswords/brief nudity/etc in movies that have an overwhelming educational purpose should be displayed as they are. You can not screen out reality.

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982), "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later", 1978
     
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    Wasn't Juliet 13 or 14? No big deal really, we did that film at school as well in the 70s!
     
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    Our history teacher had a complaint last year for showing a film that was too violent to his class of high school juniors and seniors. (It was a documentary about the invasion of Iwo Jima.)
     
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    Some of the guys storming that island could have been Seniors!
     

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