School officials alerted police Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school.
Tanner said the students apparently planned to knock the teacher unconscious with a crystal paperweight, bind her with the handcuffs and tape and then stab her with the knife.
Does this scare the crap out of you?
If it doesn't it should.
Third graders, y'all. Third. Graders. Third graders who banded together when one of them got busted for standing on a chair. Here's a list of all the ingredients they brought to school:
Police seized a steak knife, steel handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons and the paperweight from the students, (Waycross Police Chief Tony) Tanner said.
I know I got mad at teachers when I was a kid, but I didn't have that diabolical a mind to actually bring tools to do the teacher in with. My god!
I realize things can get a bit hectic in the mornings and you can't always take the time to strip search your kid or follow him/her around to find out what they're doing. But my GOD! A steak knife? A paperweight? There's been some real thinking involved in getting this plot underway. And I'll bet you dollars to donuts that this is going to be a Lifetime Movie of the Week by June.
But here's what the article says re: their punishment...
(Attorney Rick)Currie said he decided to seek juvenile charges against two girls, ages 9 and 10, who brought the knife and paperweight and an 8-year-old boy who brought tape. He said all three students faced charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and both girls were being charged with bringing weapons to school.
Currie said the children are too young to be charged as adults, and probably too young to be sentenced to a youth detention center.
So what do you do?
The kids are supposed to be suspended according to district policy and many parents are crying out for just that.
What do you think of all this? Let me know in the comments - you can reach the complete article by clicking on the title of today's post.
PS: Regarding what this teacher taught...her expertise, rather...here's what the article said:
The purported target is a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with learning disabilities, including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity, friends and parents said.