Death of the West Part 4,323,788

It’s all fun and games until someone gets an eye put out or a teacher gets stabbed in the chest.

As authorities try to prosecute three young children accused of plotting to attack their third-grade teacher, criminal and child psychiatry experts said Wednesday it’s doubtful students that young intended to seriously hurt anyone and probably wouldn’t have executed their plans.

Waycross police say the third-graders at Center Elementary School brought a broken steak knife, steel handcuffs, duct tape and a crystal paperweight to school after hatching an elaborate plan to knock their teacher unconscious, then restrain and stab her.

Nine children were involved overall, police said, with some of them assigned specific roles such as covering classroom windows and cleaning up any mess.

“Experts say” could be added to the list of famous last words.

13 comments

  1. Dave says:

    Investigate it and if it’s true kick their sorry a**es out of the school and can anyone say juvenile detention center?

  2. Doug Deal says:

    At least the school is teaching team work, responsibility (they were going to clean up the blood) and planning.

    46th in the nation, here we come.

  3. Icarus says:

    Isn’t anyone here worried that prosecuting these angels might harm their self-esteem?

    I’m not sure the authorities here are really thinking about the children.

  4. bowersville says:

    “Expert,” isn’t that a synonym for a SOB from out of town carrying a briefcase?

  5. John Konop says:

    FYI

    Interesting article

    Not Child’s Play

    A psychiatrist on why it’s rare but not surprising that grammar-school kids might be capable of an elaborate plot to hurt a teacher.

    Parents nationwide are reacting with shock to news reports that a group of 8- to 10-year-old kids in Waycross, Ga., were so mad at their teacher that they apparently planned to knock her unconscious with a glass paperweight and stab her with a steak knife. The local district attorney said he is seeking juvenile charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault against a 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old girl who allegedly brought the knife and paperweight and an 8-year-old boy who allegedly brought duct tape. The girls are also being charged with taking weapons to school. NEWSWEEK’s Karen Springen talked to child psychiatrist Elizabeth Berger, M.D., author of “Raising Kids with Character” and a spokesman for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about whether these kinds of violent impulses and plots are normal for grade schoolers. Excerpts:

    NEWSWEEK: Are you surprised by this alleged plot to attack a third-grade teacher?

    BERGER: It would be very important to not get hot under the collar about anything until there is a more prudent and thoughtful kind of fact-checking in terms of what all these events really were and getting more clarity about what might be “he said, she said.”

    READ MORE

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/130150

  6. Dave says:

    Dang, I forgot this was a Georgia school. Aren’t we so proud of our little sorry, redneck inbreds?!?! (Isn’t that redundant? Sorry!)

  7. jsm says:

    What should we expect from a society that doesn’t discipline its children, especially within the school system?

  8. the simpsons says:

    I would like to know what ‘precipitated’ this alleged plot. What angered these kids so? Kids are bombarded with violence every day of the week, between media and what they see on the streets to video games etc. Parents need to really start getting down to the nitty gritty and find out what is going on with their kids EVERY DAY , even if they are too busy and working. In today’s world parenting comes down to this.. good enough is not good enough. Do any of you posters allow your kids to play violent video games and watch any show on TV. Many parents do.

    My experience with educators– half of them are plain nasty to kids and to boot many educators in the state of GA get little to no support from administration when there is a problem and school systems are reluctant to communicate with parents when there is a situation brewing BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF HAND.

    For all the fools that post to punish the kids here, let me ask you– have you talked to YOUR kids today to find out what is going on during the school day.

    So before people throw stones……I am just saying.

    I pray for these kids and these parents so that they all can get some help. I also pray that the teacher is safe and gets support from the ADMINISTRATION of that school system.

    Also, I believe there is just a little too much coverage on this matter CONCERNING JUVENILES and their families by the police dept. Its time for them (the police and their grandstanding) to be quiet and move on to some ‘big crimes’..

  9. Demonbeck says:

    Ever since the death of the thread that dared to dream, the children have had to do things for themselves.

    I blame Erick and Clayton for this.

  10. Dave says:

    Let’s stop wringing our hands trying to figure out how society has somehow failed these kids. If this story is true, these children are trash and should be taken to the curb, so to speak and removed from the school. Take the stellar parents with them.

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