Elementary School Grief Exercise Gone Bad

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Gateway North Elementary School in St. Johns participated in National "Children's Grief Awareness" Day Thursday, but one parent didn't appreciate the results.

WILX received an email from a viewer who said their children came home still crying "with red puffy eyes" and that his kids had totally broken down.

The parent said he was not made aware of the event, that no counselors were available to help the kids, and this event particularly affected his kids negatively because of recent deaths in the family.

The school's website calls the exercise a "Day of Hope," stating that blue butterflies would be distributed for students to remember lost loved ones. Kids could write the names of loved ones on the butterflies and share memories if they wanted.

The News Ten viewer writes his kids said you could hear "other children breaking down" and "crying uncontrollably through the hallways."

He said parents received an email after-the-fact saying their students might need an extra hug.

Coming up tonight on WILX News Ten at 6 p.m. what the administration and other parents have to say about the event.

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