A 14-year-old girl was tricked into eating moose droppings during a school canoeing trip while teachers, including the principal, stood by and laughed.
The girl, Brook, and a 13-year-old boy, both from Walter Whyte School in Grand Marais, Canada, were given the droppings by an adult chaperone from a sandwich bag and told they were chocolate covered almonds.
They ate the ‘snacks’ during the three-day trip along the Mantario Trail as the principle, a teacher and a resource officer watched on and did nothing to stop the disgusting prank.
Segments of the poo got caught in Brook’s braces and she was forced to scrub her teeth with lake water.
The eighth-grader sobbed as she told CBC how kids pointed and laughed when she put the droppings in her mouth, causing her to run crying to her tent.
A guidance counselor ignored her distress, continuing with the torment by telling her the poop was nutritious because ‘all they eat is grass’.
Brook said the other kids made fun of her and continued to tease her through text message after she refused to return to the school.
Distress: She sobbed as she described running from laughing students and trying to scrub her teeth clean using water from the lake
‘I didn’t trust anyone,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t talk to anyone. I thought I was going to get teased.’
The adult responsible for the appalling prank apologised to Brook and said he didn’t realise it would upset her, but for Brook the traumatic incident is still fresh in her mind.
She told the news channel she feels a slight sense of relief at hearing that the principle will not be returning to her school in the fall, meaning that she can finally get on with enjoying her summer break.
Karen Eyolfson, mother of the boy who was also fed the droppings on the trip, said she is disgusted at what happened and has since pulled her son out of the school.
Practical joke: an adult chaperone said the droppings were chocolate covered almonds and a guidance counselor told Brook the poop was nutritious since ‘all they eat is grass’
‘How can we trust that our kids are going to be in a safe, respectful environment that is conducive to learning?’ she said to thestar.com.
The 16 students on the canoe trip have been offered private counseling by the school division.
‘First and foremost, the safety and well-being of the children is the top priority,’ superintendent Scott Kwasnitza told the Winniepeg Free Press.