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Ga. police say 3rd-graders plotted to attack teacher

April 2, 2008


— 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 Tuesday.

The plot involving as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said.

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.

"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."

The children, ages 8 to 10, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said.

Two of the students were arrested on juvenile charges Tuesday and a third arrest was expected. District Attorney Rick Currie said other students told investigators they didn't take the plot seriously or insisted they had decided not to participate.

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.

The purported target is a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with learning disabilities, including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity.


aginglady 10 years ago

And we in Lawrence complain about special ed costing so much.

gr 10 years ago

"bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, "Can't get a decent steak knife, but handcuffs are readily available?"who brought the knife and paperweight and an 8-year-old boy who brought tape."Hope you all keep that in mind when they ask you to bring tape to school this fall!And those paperweights, they are dangerous. I hope there is a thorough search of all teacher's desks for such dangerous weapons! Along with knitting needles on airplanes, tape is now a taboo item in schools.

WHY 10 years ago

And in other news kindergardners are planning to take over the world.

TheEleventhStephanie 10 years ago

The fact that you all think this is funny only demonstrates why society is heading in the direction it is.It isn't funny. It's really sad.

twaldaisy 10 years ago

And scary that kids that young can conspire to do something like that and then actually bring the stuff to commit it. Wow, just wow.

janeyb 10 years ago

Is there a movie out where kids plot against their teacher? I know whenever a neighborhood trash can gets picked up and thrown against a mailbox, my parents always say another generation just watched "Dazed and Confused". I had a teacher in third grade that would dump the contents of a desk on the floor if she thought it was too messy. She put nametags on the front of our desks and said not to touch them she didn't want fingerprints on them. She was forty, single, lived with her parents and was completely nuts.

adriennerm 10 years ago

What are these kids watching on TV?? That's the only way they could come up with something like this..scary.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years ago

well there is normal kids hating school and then there is plotting to kill and harm others, type of hating school.

Navin_R_Johnson 10 years ago

good God almighty, you gotta be kiddin' me!chargin' a bunch of runny nosed 9 year olds with "conspiracy to commit aggravated assault" then the requisite counselling under the care of underpaid, caseload burdened social workers?hors#it! send 'em off to boot camps for troubled kids and turn 'em into model citizens. take that creative energy and turn toward the good.oops. i'm showing my age and my unwillingness to be educated to the point of embicility by being culturallt "progressive." we've definitely "progressed" away from such things that actually worked for rehabilitating the delinquently minded and opted for 'therapy,' counselling and psychotropics.nevermind. put 'em on ritalin and let some mush head in birkenstocks and greasy hair talk with them once a week to convince them to assimilate into civilization.fat chance! one thing's for sure, four weeks under the gentle tutelage of a retired drill sergeant would scare a 9 year old onto the path of righteousness for a lifetime. of course sending their parents first is probably what's called for today.i'm sure, as usual, you libs will disagree and opt for something more tolerant, sensitive and multicultural; (translated): ineffective and deviancy enabling.

jumpin_catfish 10 years ago

Today we have the X factor, oh joy!

Drew_Carey 10 years ago

500 pts to TOB for post of the day.400 pts to malcolm x obama, for making us all feel old.I remember all those. I taught a neighbor kid the "Comet, it makes your teeth bright green" song. And showed him Bridge on the River Kwai to know how it all started. He now sees me and starts singing it, or he whistles.Somethings should be preserved forever. Pop goes the weasel, the second half of the song..most people don't know.

igby 10 years ago

They can bite really hard. This just goes to show you that children are as evil as adults. Little anarchist at the third grade level now; terrorist and murderers by the ninth grade.These kids parents have never said no to them on anything. They can't take any correction whatsoever without wanting to kill someone. There easily lead around by their peers and could be talked into anything because they have not been taught right from wrong by their parents. Their parents don't know right form wrong nor did their parents- parents; because they were too busy getting high and screwing.

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