Have a hate-filled Halloween, everybody.
A Far South Side (Chicago) grade school will not co-host a haunted house that contained, among other depictions, a representation of the June, 2016, shootings at the Pulse nightclub, according to CPS officials.
Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave., was advertised by promoters as the location of a haunted house entitled The Room: A Journey to Hell that was scheduled to take place the evenings of Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.
Someone thought it would be kewl to turn an elementary school into a national tragedy. Ha ha, boo everybody, it’s a nightclub shooting. Step lightly over the cadavers. Careful not to get any of the blood on you, it’s hard to wash out.
Wow. But before you remark how heartless this funhouse would be, you might like to know that there was a certain logic behind it. Tyrone Tappler, good Christian man, thought he might turn a bad day into a good opportunity. He would use the ‘horror’ of Halloween to literally scare the hell out of South Side kids. He would teach them a little about right and wrong, and sin and redemption, and making good decisions based on the Bible’s teachings rather than the stirrings of your silly homo pee-pee. Because Tyrone believes being gay will get you hunted down, shot and killed.
Advertised as a “Christian interactive experience,” the event is produced by Tyrone Tappler Productions. On Aug. 31, the company asked on Facebook for volunteers who’d depict the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting: “Club Pulse, Dancers, Victims … CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!”
Among other scenarios reportedly depicted in the haunted house were a botched abortion and the 2015 Charleston church shooting. According to the ticket sales page, The Room “is a real life haunted house. Guests will experience IN YOUR FACE scenes of dark reality. … You will walk in 10 Rooms and encounter individuals who will make choices. The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping.”
You might like to see the flyer.
Nat (who asked that their complete name not be used ) said that they saw a flyer for the haunted house at a restaurant at 104th Street and Torrence Avenue, adding, “I went in for some dinner, and promptly lost my appetite when I saw that.”
If you’re like me, you look at that image and think…”Wait. Satan’s shot-up lesbian? Don’t I know her?”
It took me a minute of image fishing, but yes. We do know her.