An elementary school almost hosted an Orlando shooting-themed haunted house
Sometimes you hear a story so awful you want to jump into the ocean and let your body slowly sink so that you’re never forced to interact with human beings again. Such is the case with the story of a Chicago elementary school’s Pulse night club shooting-themed haunted house, which was luckily canceled by people terrified by the inhumanity of making a homophobic mass shooting into a festivity for children.
The Pulse-inspired haunted house was advertised as a “Christian interactive experience” and was schedule to take place at Fernwood Elementary School in Chicago Oct. 29 and 30 for Halloween, with tickets running around $10. The production company Tyrone Tappler Productions was slated to put on the event named “The Room: A Journey To Hell” before the Chicago Public Schools caught wind of the references to Pulse shooting victims and decided to pull out of the event.
Apparently, the true nature of the haunted house wasn’t thoroughly revealed to school officials when scheduling the event, but a post was made on the Tyrone Tappler Productions Facebook page (which is now deleted) back on Aug. 31 that reportedly made a call for “Club Pulse Dancers, Victims…CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!”
A Chicago Public Schools official Michael Passman told The Windy City Times that the promotional material referencing Pulse was not mentioned when they agreed to host the haunted house, and once they caught wind, they banned the event. He said:
“The event organizers mischaracterized the true content of the event, and we did not approve any association with the activities the organizers have now advertised. The event will not be held on CPS property.”
Other promotional materials for the event included a flyer that indicated a moral reckoning during the haunted house experience, as well as a flyer that alluded to a botched abortion. One of the ads said:
“Guests will experience IN YOUR FACE scenes of dark reality. You will walk in 10 Rooms and encounter individuals who will make choices. It’s time to face the consequences of your actions. The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping.”
Luckily, in this case, Tyrone Tappler Productions’ consequences include having a banned event and removing their Facebook page. Hopefully everyone who conceived of this inhumane concept learns as much about choice and consequence as they grossly grandstand about.