Third graders are smarter than me

by twit

It never would have occurred to me to cover the windows if I was planning a murder. I’m fairly impressed by the foresight demonstrated by this alleged conspiracy of third graders to tie up and messily slaughter their teacher.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) – 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 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. A prosecutor said they are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law.

… Police seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent 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.

Impressed, in a completely terrified what-is-this-world-coming-to kind of way. Cleaning up afterwards? What are kids watching these days?

4 Responses to Third graders are smarter than me

  1. kathrsis says:

    i don’t know. on the one hand, i recently rented the looney tunes for my kids thinking they should get to know and love bugs and daffy like i did at their ages, but was surprised at how many times the characters are getting riddled with bullets or blown up…not that they ever die. contrasted with the crabby patty-flipping loveable spongebob who’s a loyal employee and faithful friend…gosh. but on the other hand, we have slasher films more graphic than anything that was out back when i was a kid. we at least had the orchestra letting us know what was coming; the camera viewer on the back of the person that meant they should probably turn around. today, we’ve got ‘saw’ and ‘hostel’ and the like, and you know that there are going to be some parents that just aren’t supervising the input. so you have to wonder…what’s up doc? where’s this coming from?

  2. humboldtsquid says:

    I see your point, however, I give more credit to the kids to know difference. Kids know that rabbits don’t talk, and that big red roasters are not six feet tall with a stuttering problem. Add in the classical music, and you have pure escapist entertainment. Now, counter that with the Saturday morning cartoons they have now where characters are human, (e.g., The Bratz), doing really rude things, (i.e., calling people names or being overly rude to someone they don’t like) and the child may not discern the right behavior on TV verses the right behavior in real life.

    Having a five year old daughter, I am constantly fighting with her not to wear lipstick. People buy it for her (which I have a problem with), and she says she doesn’t feel pretty not wearing makeup. She is five! For the record, I have won the small lipstick battle in favor of lip balm. But still, should I have to argue with a five year old about wearing makeup?

    Now, the Bratz wear lots of makeup, Bugs Bunny does not, except for the cross dressing episode. I’ll take Bugs Bunny over The Bratz any day.

  3. k@th says:

    Good point. The setting for antisocial behavior is more real world than it was. Personally, I’ll take Hitchcock over Hostel any creepy night. But, it’s not just what’s on the TV, and I don’t think it’s about what’s on their lips, either (that said, I wouldn’t let my daughters out of the house with more than lip balm, either)…I would never want to see anything banned for fear of it influencing kids wrongly.

    The responsibility for what a child is exposed to lies squarely in the hands of those raising the child–usually the parents, but increasingly, grandparents…without going long here, that raises the question of other issues going on in a kid’s life that can contribute to violent behavior, sexual promiscuity, etc. Their environment contains more than what’s on TV, so what (or who) is in their lives, or lacking from it, must also be factors. Hopefully, there’s some therapy being directed toward those kids with their master plan. And, of course, stupidity is sometimes a sad factor–the belief that, in fact, I can do exactly what I saw on a cartoon and survive it. Those who don’t outgrow it and miraculously survive to adulthood, are what “Jackass” TV is all about.

  4. Medfreak says:

    It’s not the TV, its not the games, its not the internet.

    Its a failure of society.

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