A primary school teacher has been suspended for telling seven-year-olds to make up stories about their dads dying in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Kathy Young, 29, who teaches at Oxclose Primary School, Washington, set the creative writing exercise on the anniversary of the 2001 massacre.
Furious parents complained to the school and said pupils left the lesson traumatised and in tears.
The youngsters were also asked to imagine that they had died in the terror attack, which killed 2,995 people when two hijacked passenger planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in New York.
The teacher, a mum to a nine-year-old girl, graduated with a BA in primary education in 2005 and has been teaching at Oxclose for a year, according to her profile on the social networking website, Friends Reunited.
Parents called for her to be sacked and an investigation has been launched into the 9/11 lesson and her teaching methods.
One parent said: "How can she set young children this kind of essay?
"Many of them have been left traumatised by her ridiculous lesson."
Another parent said: "My little girl was in that class, but has been too upset to talk about it."
A recent Ofsted report said Oxclose Primary School, which has about 200 pupils aged four to 11, said there had been "substantial staffing disruption" at the building over the last 12 months.
A Sunderland City Council spokesman, said: "It would be inappropriate to comment on an individual case."