Panic in classroom.A HEAD teacher has backed a member of staff who panicked more than 200 pupils by telling them an asteroid was going to hit Earth.
The Manchester teacher told terrified ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. 14-year-olds that a meteorite meteorite, meteor that survives the intense heat of atmospheric friction and reaches the earth's surface. Because of the destructive effects of this friction, only the very largest meteors become meteorites. was on a collision course with the Earth and they were going to die - later saying it was meant to be a lesson in how youngsters should "live each day to the full".
But many of the 230 pupils at St Matthew's RC High School in Moston became frightened and upset. Head Keith Hogan apologised but said he believed the teacher had acted "professionally".