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My girls were traumatized today

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I took my grand girls, four, five and six, to a local fort for an encampment demonstration.  As we walked up to the "hospital area" I realized the demo was about a field amputation.  The "doctor" threw a bloody leg onto the ground in front of us.  Of course it was fake but the damage was done.  One of my babies spent the rest of the trip clingy and shy.

I mean, come on.  Really?  They'll probably never want to go back.

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We saw something similar when we went to Valley Forge Homeschool Days.  My son kept standing there going "I can't believe you are showing this stuff to CHILDREN".    It was pretty graphic.

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Well, I wouldn't want to spoil it for others but I wish I'd had some type of warning.

When they are in their 60s they'll probably say "Remember when MaBelle showed us an amputation demonstration and we all had nightmares for weeks???"

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When I was a kid, we went to Tweetsie Railroad, and while on the train, part of the "show" was to have the train be ambushed by Indians.  One of the braves came up to me and slammed his tomahawk onto the edge of the seat in front of me.   I had nightmares about that for a long time.    What a stupid thing to do!

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19 minutes ago, Serenade said:

When I was a kid, we went to Tweetsie Railroad, and while on the train, part of the "show" was to have the train be ambushed by Indians.  One of the braves came up to me and slammed his tomahawk onto the edge of the seat in front of me.   I had nightmares about that for a long time.    What a stupid thing to do!

I think every kid within a 100-mile radius of Blowing Rock had that experience in the '80s. It was... memorable! That train ride was no joke.

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6 minutes ago, PeachyDoodle said:

I think every kid within a 100-mile radius of Blowing Rock had that experience in the '80s. It was... memorable! That train ride was no joke.

 

Kind of dating ourselves, huh? 😀 Except for me, it was in the, gulp, 70s....

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Yikes, poor kids!

 

We went on a tour of a coal mine.  That was ever so slightly creepy in itself, but then they talked about how young boys would work down there, and at one point, there was a scene set up to look as if a person was buried, hand sticking up.  DD was horrified by the idea that her brothers might have worked in a mine, and she is still very upset that they made the hand sticking up.  Ick!

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I got locked in during a tour of a historic jail once after ducking back to use a toilet.  Around 12 and I think I went home in tears.

historical re-enactments aren’t so much for the faint of heart!!!

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I was taken through a room with scenes from a torture chamber in a castle "fun" park when I was a kid. I had nightmares for years. I can still visualise the worst of the pictures now, 30 years later.

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I know people are dismissive about trigger warnings, but this is exactly what they’re for. Like, I’m sure that demo is right for some older kids and most teens, but just warn people so they can choose to go over and see whatever needed a warning or not. In addition to young kids, there could be sensitive adults or actual vets or violence survivors who would choose not to go there.

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On 4/27/2019 at 10:00 PM, Serenade said:

 

Kind of dating ourselves, huh? 😀 Except for me, it was in the, gulp, 70s....

It’s still a thing! 

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IDK.  Any reenactment of war is going to be a thousand times more pleasant than it actually was. I'd rather it be a little disturbing than glamorize war.

If it was specifically marketed to kids, they absolutely should post a disclaimer and make people aware that there will be graphic displays. 

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4 hours ago, MercyA said:

IDK.  Any reenactment of war is going to be a thousand times more pleasant than it actually was. I'd rather it be a little disturbing than glamorize war.

If it was specifically marketed to kids, they absolutely should post a disclaimer and make people aware that there will be graphic displays. 

I agree.

It's not Disneyland--it's a reenactment of WAR. It's not supposed to look pretty, and yeah, it's supposed to leave an impression. 

I'll give that including fake severed body parts might not be suitable for all four year olds (although appropriate in a medical tent), but I sure want/ed my kid to understand that war wasn't/isn't glamorous and that the "good old days" were anything but. 

Sorry to hear it scared your grandkids though. 

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6 hours ago, MercyA said:

IDK.  Any reenactment of war is going to be a thousand times more pleasant than it actually was. I'd rather it be a little disturbing than glamorize war.

If it was specifically marketed to kids, they absolutely should post a disclaimer and make people aware that there will be graphic displays. 

I agree with this and I’d totally have taken my kids to see this... but I don’t feel like it hurts to give a little warning. Some people may think it’s going to be people in costumes giving a talk or showing artifacts and tools. No one needs to be surprised to still get that message and effect across.

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I dunno...the OP said it was for "an encampment demonstration."  There's a LOT that could entail, even in a hospital tent.  I didn't even really get the idea that it was "war reenactment" from the OP.  And generally, I would expect at least some sort of descriptions regarding what was going on in the various areas.  There could be a million different things to demonstrate from how they set up the tent to how they fire the guns to cooking recipes, and yes, even graphic medical procedures.  IMO, it doesn't have to be a "trigger warning" really, just even a "here's what is happening in this area at this time, here's what's going on over there" that sort of stuff.  So that I know I want to go to the hospital tent when they are giving a lecture on opiods and not when they are amputating limbs, or that I want to be near the guns AFTER they go off just because I don't like to be that close to loud noises.

 

 

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I have no problem with them doing stuff like that but they probably should just describe the different areas so people with very young children could avoid the amputation if they wanted. One time my ds was watching a Ken Burns Civil War thing and I was really surprised my dd was watching it too because she usually is not into that sort of thing. A short while later she was running downstairs because they were showing an amputation. She was older and it was on tv not something that looked real like what you saw. 

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