School asks children to write a mock suicide note for GCSE exercise

A school which urged teenagers to write a mock suicide note as part of their GCSE studies has said sorry after a shocked parent complained.

English students at Cheney School in Oxford were set the task while studying 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley.

The events of the 1945 play, which is a GCSE text, take place after the character of Eva Smith dies.

One mum, who asked not to be named, said that she felt "uncomfortable and uneasy" when she heard her child had been asked to carry out the exercise.

She told the BBC: "I genuinely feel it could be done well to raise awareness of teen mental health and suicide, but this was a massive fail.

"It is a tumultuous time for them as teenagers.

"The actual assignment was 'imagine you are a young woman in 1912 writing a suicide letter to those who care about you'", she said.


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