I remember when I was a kid, the only movies we were shown at school were Shrek and Shindler's List. I honestly can't think of two more diametrically opposed movies. Anyway, it seems there's a trend going round at the moment of teachers showing their pupils wildly inappropriate films.
Recently a US teacher was investigated for showing a sixth grade class R-rated films such as The Campaign and Ted, while in the UK a music teacher was forced to apologize for showing Psycho to a class of 13-year-olds. However, these two pale into insignificance compared to a French teacher who showed a class of 11-year-olds 's horror classic Saw.
According to France's The Local, the teacher, Jean-Baptiste Clement, told pupils "This will be your first horror film." The issue came to parents attention when one student came home "visibly in some discomfort."
Clement has reportedly been called into a disciplinary meeting and suspending pending an investigation. The school has suggested he could suffer a more serious punishment once the investigation is complete.
Saw, which is Rated NC-17 in the US (and only a 16 in France), is certainly pretty harrowing. In fact, you could say it kick-started the recent obsession with torture-horror. Usually when it comes to ratings on movies, I'm a pretty liberal guy, but I have to say, showing Saw to an 11-year-old is a bit much.
How about you? What was the highest rated/most graphic film you ever saw as a kid? Let me know below.