School Apologizes After Telling Students To Write Suicide Notes For Homework
Children at Tallis School in southeast London were given the task as part of their studies on Shakespeare’s Macbeth play.
A school in London has come under fire after telling 60 teenage pupils to write suicide notes during an English class assignment.
The task was given as part of the year group’s studies on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which Lady Macbeth dies “by self and violent hands”. Children were asked to imagine Lady Macbeth’s thoughts in her suicidal state.
Senior staff at Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke apologised for upsetting students, some of whom are said to have friends who have taken their own lives.
One mother said three of her daughter’s friends had killed themselves, and that her daughter was “very distressed” after being asked to write the note.
She said she complained to the school as soon as her daughter told her about the task.
“On what universe was it ever a good idea to ask a group of teenagers to write suicide notes?” she said to local newspaper News Shopper.