The Room

RMPS pupils in 6th year are working on ‘Dysfunctional Families and Crime Unit’, investigating whether there is a link between dysfunctional families and those who commit crimes later in life.

Mrs King recreated ‘The Room’ from the novel by Emma Donoghue, using one of the old staff bases, some mouldy cheese to provide a musty smell, some tea-lights for a dark atmosphere and stickers to indicate the low height of the ceiling – pupils over 5’6″ had to bend down.

After experiencing the room for a short time themselves, pupils discussed how such horrible conditions would affect young people, and whether criminal leanings were an inevitable result of such an up-bringing. Miss McGinness and Fr Martin Delaney contributed to the class discussions.

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