- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2016

Chicago Public Schools canceled an elementary school’s haunted house after learning that the organizer of the event had reportedly planned a depiction of the Pulse nightclub terror attack in Orlando that claimed 49 lives.

Fernwood Elementary School was set to co-host “The Room: A Journey to Hell” from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, but school officials canceled the event after learning about its “true content,” the Windy City Times, a Chicago LGBT newspaper, reported Friday.

“The event organizers mischaracterized the true content of the event, and we did not approve any association with the activities the organizers have now advertised,” CPS spokesman Michael Passman told the Times. “The event will not be held on CPS property.”

The event by Tyrone Tappler Productions was advertised in fliers as a “Christian interactive experience,” the Times reported.

“You will walk in 10 Rooms and encounter individuals who will make choices,” the ticket sales page on Eventbrite currently reads. “The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping.”

In August, the company asked on its now-defunct Facebook page for volunteers to depict the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Times reported.

“Club Pulse, Dancers, Victims … CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!” the post reportedly read.

Though the event was planned to take place at an elementary school, promotional items for the event said it was designated for children 13 and older.

Tyrone L. Tappler Jr., who is behind Tyrone Tappler Productions, announced on Twitter Saturday that “The Room” was “officially banned.” The tweet linked to a Facebook post that had been deleted by Sunday morning.

Mr. Tappler, who describes himself as a licensed minister in an online bio, responded to the criticism in a tweet Saturday calling himself a “trailblazer.”

“Global attacks..means global power… I’m Getting ready to go global!!,” he wrote.

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