Posted by: h4ck@lyst | April 3, 2008

3rd-graders plotted attack on teacher

Brought Steak Knife, Handcuffs and Duct Tape To School, Assigned Children Tasks


Waycross (Georgia) : A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said.
The plot by around nine boys and girls at Center elementary school in Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross police chief Tony Tanner said.
“We did not hear anybody say they intended to kill her, but could they have accidentally killed her? Absolutely,” Tanner said. “We feel like if they weren’t interrupted, there would have been an attempt. Would they have been suc
cessful? We don’t know.”
The children, ages eight and nine, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said. A prosecutor said they are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law.
School officials alerted police on Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school, Tanner said. Police seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and trans
parent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight from the students, who apparently intended to use them against the teacher, Tanner said.
Nine children have been given discipline up to and including long-term suspension, said Theresa Martin, spokeswoman for the Ware County school system. She would not be more specific but said none of the children had been back to school since the case came to light.
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.
The scheme involved a division of roles, Tanner said. One child’s job was to cover windows so no one could see outside, he said. Another was supposed to clean up after the attack. “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 parents of the students have cooperated with investigators, who aren’t allowed to question the children without their parents’ or guardians’ consent, he said. Authorities have
withheld the children’s names.
Police expected to forward the results of their investigation to prosecutors, Tanner said. Children in Georgia can’t be charged with a crime unless they are at least 13, District Attorney Rick Currie said. Martin told Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., that administrators would follow school system policy and state law in disciplining the students.
“From what I understand, they were considered pretty good kids,” Martin said. “But we have to take this seriously, whether they were serious or not about carrying this through, and that’s what we did.”
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  1. Oh my God.. this is absolutely horrendous! The stuff that happens these days. Real sad..

  2. Ya shocking but true! So far the great uncle sam had college and mall shootouts, now even this!

  3. Yeah.. and inspite of all the nonsense that happens there, tons and tons of us aspire and desire to head to those horrid shores, I guess it’s time to start wondering whether the pros really outweigh the cons or if it’s all just an ‘illusion’ of better prospects.. Who knows!?

  4. The grass is always greener on the other side! And the reverse brain drain and the appreciating rupee against dollar gives further proof that maybe it ain’t really an all that better prospect anymore.

  5. Ah.. yes. Maybe it is time to change that and say that the grass is always greener on the road less traveled!

    On a side note, it’s so darn bugging managing 4 id’s on blogs. I realized I post on one, manage another one using another, and comment using another, and just updated my profile to change the website, argh 😛 Hence the absence of pic on first comment, different website on second, and different website on latest.

  6. well, for that we have openID! As to what openID is, wait for some time. One post is in the drafts right now. And google is always there.:)

  7. Hehe.. I know what OpenID is! My wordpress is my openID, and so is my AOL, my AIM, and so is my Yahoo 😛 But primarily WP. (I am nuts basically) For some reason though, getting a good working openID to work with WP blogs is a bit of a pain. Had some trouble implementing it on nittians for some reason. Will need to look into that again later. (I think Taggy has a problem.. I am unable to leave comments on his blog, the submit button is not ‘clicking’. Could be unrelated though). Being logged in to WP is good though, that way only a response field exists without any url, name, et al.

    Hmm.. looks like I’ve strayed off topic on your blog post. Sorry about that! Haha..


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