In one of the most bizarre and random stories of the year, students in a Tennessee classroom partook in a viewing of Tom Six’s The Human Centipede Part 2 (read my review), according to various reports.
Superintendent Verna Ruffin confirmed the news to The Jackson Sun that students at Jackson Central-Merry High School had viewed Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) after a parent called the paper to report the incident.
Here’s the kicker, nobody know why this film was shown in a school. In fact, Ruffin would not say why the students had seen the movie, or whether the teacher in that classroom had been suspended or otherwise disciplined.
“The matter has been addressed,” Ruffin told USA Today. “It’s inappropriate and unacceptable.”
While Six’s The Human Centipede became part of pop culture, the sequel upped the ante tenfold as a response to criticism of the vulgar nature of the first film. The sequel, released in 2011, is so vile that it’s been banned in some countries. In the film, a depraved mama’s boy (Laurence R. Harvey) goes on a killing and collecting spree to recreate the experiment portrayed in The Human Centipede (First Sequence).
While the film felt more like an attack on critics, Six says there’s more social commentary at hand:
It should be mandatory to watch THC2 in school classes. It deals with a character that is bullied and what to do!https://t.co/hT3tGJu1qZ
— Tom Six (@tom_six) April 28, 2016
The Jackson Sun obtained a copy of the letter sent to parents from Jackson Central-Merry’s principal two days after the incident, USA Today adds.
“I understand that on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, your student may have inadvertently viewed inappropriate content in a JCM classroom,” the letter stated. “This occurrence is inconsistent with our Mission and Vision at Jackson Central Merry.”
The letter does not mention the title of the film.
“I have investigated the situation and talked to those involved,” the letter read. “Immediate action has been taken to assure that there will be no further occurrences.”
The British Board of Film Classification only granted the movie an 18 certificate, the rough equivalent of a NC-17 rating in the United States, after extensive cuts were made, according to the organization’s website.
According to the British Board of Film Classification, the movie’s central focus “is the sexual arousal of this character at the idea and later the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, rape and murder of his naked victims.”
Ruffin said she did not know how much of the movie the students saw or how many students were present, the site concluded.