Fernwood Elementary School in Chicago is backing out of hosting a “Christian” haunted house that featured a reenactment of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
According to the Windy City Times, the company producing the “Christian interactive experience,” posted on Facebook calling for “Club Pulse Dancers, Victims…CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!”
In addition to the Pulse-themed section, the haunted house also advertised a botched abortion-themed attraction along with another one that reenacted the Charleston shooting.
Eyebrows were first raised when an advertisement for the event went out.
“It’s time to face the consequences of your actions,” the ad read. “The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping.”
Tyrone Tappler Productions, the company that owns the haunted house, was all set to go this Saturday and Sunday, but Chicago Public School officials intervened and quickly disavowed any connection to the haunted house’s message, saying that the “event organizers mischaracterized the true content of the event.”
“When I saw Pulse was mentioned, my head just about blew up. How could they depict that?” one turned-off patron named Nat told the Times. “And what really bothered me was that this was in a public school supported by our tax dollars.”
“If you want to have a haunted house with that kind of thing in it, have at it,” Nat said. “But don’t do it in a public school.”