In what was referred to as a creative writing exercise in a Sussex school, students were led to believe that a ufo crashed and aliens abducted their teacher.  The hoax included a crashed saucer, debris, police, and sirens.

Unfortunately the stunt backfired and the students, aged seven to eleven, were terrified.  In turn, their parents, who weren’t warned, were somewhat agitated (this is what we call Standard British Understatement).


There are just so many places to go with this, I don’t know where to go first.

Let’s try Sociological for $500, Bob:

Say what you will but I think this outlines one of the most serious differences between British and American students.  The Brits were terrified.  American students would’ve looked around, kicked the aliens in the nuts, said `COOL!’ and left school for the day.

And now I’ll Take Incredulous for $1000

What kind of excrement-for-brains stunt was this?  Is this new age schooling?  Try this in the Bible Belt – I dare you! Who thought this up and what were they into thirty minutes before the idea hatched?  How many pairs of shorts had to be changed?

I Will Finish with Conspiracies for the Win!

Come on….  seriously…  aliens?  Creative writing?  Abducting a teacher in front of little children?  What were these idiots really trying to pull?  Fake disclosure?  Semi-fake disclosure?  This topic is not even spoken of in school, no less staged for `creative writing’.

Coming from the American side, at no time did any of my creative writing projects involve the police, sirens, debris from a crashed spaceship, or abduction.  The poor police have enough on their hands without putting on a play for schoolchildren.

This was not a creative writing exercise.

We may be stupid.  They may think we’re stupid.  But we’re not that stupid.