'R' Rated Movies Shown to Special Ed Class

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM EDT


Hamburg, NY
(WKBW)

Water, a knife and a bloody murder scene. Those were the images from a clip from the 1960's movie Psycho that was shown to a group of special education students at Hamburg Middle school last week.

Terry Dunford says he never would have known if it wasn't for a casual conversation he had with his 13 year old daughter who was in that special education class. They are images Dunford says his daughter is now haunted by.

Psycho wasn't part of the curriculum but was independently added by the teacher.

Clips from other 'R; rated scary movies including The Shining and Child's Play were part of a reading program the district purchased for special education students.

The apparent lesson was to show how sights and sounds can generate fear.

Dunford says those lessons are off limits for his children.

The Hamburg Board of Education listened to Dunford's concerns at a special meeting Wednesday night and referred the issue to the interim superintendent who was not present at the meeting.

Dunford says he took his daughter out of that class but she is still enrolled at the school. He says the district has been very responsive but so far haven't indicated what disciplinary action, if any, result from this incident.