…I’d be putting together a class action suit against the dolts running El Camino High School in Oceanside, California, as well as the police. These ethically-impaired powerwielders decided to try to teach how bad drunk driving is not by, y’know, teaching, but setting up a big prank where highway patrolmen were to lie to the students and tell them that dozens of their fellow students had just been killed in a drunk driving accident. The truth (there was no accident, everyone was fine) was meant to be revealed hours later, after the students had had time to suffer over the loss.
I’m not a lawyer, but if anything looks like a clear case of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, it’s one in which one of the perpetrators has announced “They were traumatized, but we wanted them to be traumatized.”
Heck, the example of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress given in Wikipedia is “sending a letter to an individual falsely informing the person that a close family member had been killed in an accident.” Sounds close enough to me. Multiply that by the hundreds of underage victims that these folks entrusted with their welfare set out to traumatize… should be the makings of a good lawsuit. At least good enough to keep these people from being put in such a position of power again, and to make anyone else considering such systematic outrageous conduct to think again.