[Guest post by DRJ]
Police in Waycross, Georgia, uncovered a plot by up to nine third-graders to attack their teacher:
“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 by as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south 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 successful? We don’t know.
The children, ages 8 and 9, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said.”
The children have been suspended but cannot be charged with a crime under Georgia law because they are under 13, although they may be subject to sanctions under school district and juvenile law provisions.
The teacher is described as a “veteran educator” who teaches learning disabled children. The scheme to attack her was fairly complicated:
“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 school principal defended her students:
“This is an isolated incident, an aberration. … We have good kids,” Center Principal Angie Coleman told the newspaper.”
The police remain unconvinced. Pictures of the steak knife and accessories are here.