Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Un-Wordless Wednesday

I had to share this article that I got emailed to me at work yesterday (yes I know it was April Fool's Day--but this was real). It is about a group of 3rd graders that got together and plotted to kill their teacher here in Georgia! What is going on? My life is in danger because I teach 3rd grade?

Third-graders questioned on plot to kill teacher, paper reports

Published on: 04/01/08

Police questioned a group of Georgia third-graders suspected in a plot to kill their teacher at Center Elementary School in Waycross, apparently because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, a Florida newspaper reported.

The nine students — girls and boys, 8 and 9 years old — are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law, a prosecutor told the Florida Times-Union. Authorities withheld the students' names because of their age and student privacy laws, the paper reported.

The newspaper's article said:

School officials rounded up the students Friday morning and alerted police after another pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl, the suspected mastermind, had brought a weapon to school, Police Chief Tony Tanner said.

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.

"We estimate between six to nine students were involved. ... 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.

The plot was a serious threat, he said.

The parents of the students have cooperated with investigators who, by law, can't question the children without their parents' or guardians' consents, he said.

The target was a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with learning disabilities in a contained classroom setting, colleagues, friends and parents told the newspaper.


Dana said...

I heard about this on the news last night... Being a teacher this really scares me.. I mean come on, 3rd grade.. What is this world coming to?

SaraLynn said...

OMG! see this is why I am considering home school!!!

Amber said...

Saralynn-you and me both! I'd love to be my daughter's teacher (she'd be a real "smartie")!

tara said...

All I can say is: What do parents let their children watch on t.v. these days? It has to come from somewhere!