As I’m sure most of you have heard, yesterday nine children in Georgia were caught in their plot to hurt, and possibly kill, their third-grade teacher- they decided to do this because, according to one article (which can be found here), “she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, authorities say.”
This is just disturbing to me. Nine year old children, bringing paperweights, duct tape and a steak knife to school? Wow. The part of it that’s most bizarre, though, is the premeditation behind it. These students obviously had a long-standing plan, that other students knew about, and it was a multi-step, carefully designed plan. I can see the flashes of rage in students, those happen to children- and, frankly, to everyone. But this is something different- this is long-term, plotted assault.
Their plan was, apparently, “to knock the teacher unconscious with a glass paperweight, bind her with handcuffs and duct tape and then stab her with a broken steak knife.”
The whole story, beyond being disturbing, begs some questions. These are young children- how much prosecution should they receive? Where do they get these ideas? And what can be done about it?
Some people want to blame video games, others say angry parents. What do you think?