Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Third Graders Plot to Kill Teacher?

Every now and then, after a really horrible day, I need to be reminded why I never used my Education Degree:

Provided by: The Associated Press
WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) -- Police say they have questioned a group of south Georgia third-graders about a plot to kill their teacher, apparently because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair.

The nine students at Center Elementary School are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law, a prosecutor said. They include girls and boys, ages 8 and 9. Authorities withheld the students' names.
At least a couple of these 3rd graders will be working for me within 10 years. I just know it.
Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said school officials alerted police Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school, Police seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight from the students, who apparently intended to use them against the teacher, Tanner said.
Tell me that they haven't been allowed to watch a lot of CSI episodes.....
He called the plot a serious threat. "We estimate between six to nine students were involved. ...
I know a lot of teachers, and they're speculating that some parents were behind it. (Nothing is ever the kids' fault these days, and after all, one girls was actually scolded for standing in a chair.)
.... (and) we're not sure at this point in the investigation how many of the students actually knew the intent was to hurt the teacher," Tanner said.
Hint: there's a steak knife, duct tape, and handcuffs. At least one.
The parents of the students have cooperated with investigators, who aren't allowed to question the children without their parents' or guardians' consent, he said. The alleged target was a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with a range of learning disabilities, including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity, friends and parents said.
There but for the grace of God....


sandersonmom said...

broken steak knife, handcuffs (don't EVEN want to know why, where, or whose these were), duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight ....ummm, wasn't a parent alerted to the fact that their child had these things?
Unfortunately, it ISN'T the children's fault that their Parents have no idea what they are in to. Maybe it IS the parents behind this whole thing. They ARE from Georgia...

Anonymous said...

Zbeth says:
I guess children are maturing earlier these day. The influence of television.
However, is anybody old enough to have heard stories from their grand dad about teaching in "the good old days"?
In the good old days students regularly beat up their teacher, just for the fun of it.
I just get on a soap box about how good the good old days were NOT.
Moral of the story:
Stay out of the classroom.

sandersonmom said...

Zbeth, I don't know if staying out of the classroom is necessarily the resolution of what the real issue is. I think that the breakdown of many families is not only television, but the lack of parental guidance. I think that more parents are out working and not teaching their children the right from wrong.
I may be 'old' but not that old, and we never even considered beating up a teacher for the fun of it. Even though some of them may have deserved a little, we had respect taught to us. I think that may be the moral that we need to look at.

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Sandersonmon, meet Zbeth.
Zbeth, this is Sandersonmom.

Sandersonmom enjoys crossing the political divide to support Democrats.

Zbeth, despite her grandmotherly status, makes a point going to Fort Woof Park ONLY when the cops aren't there.

sandersonmom said...

I want to make something clear. Just because I am married and my husband has decided to cross the Great Divide...does not mean that I have.
Now that that is clear...Reagan still rules!!!