So I was just watching FOX News, and apparently in Waycross, Georgia, there were 9 3rd graders who plotted to kill their teacher. The 8- and 9-year-olds from Center Elementary School plotted to kill their male teacher because he yelled at a girl for standing on her chair.
The plot was discovered when another girl saw a steak knife in a girl’s backpack and told teachers. The girl was talked to and spilled the plot. Each student had a roll to play in the plot, one of which was to clean up the blood. All the students have been talked to and suspended. Other parents are pushing for expulsion of the 9 students.
Although it’s not certain, I’d say that these kids would’ve tried to kill the teacher, not just injure him.
Now, here’s the insane part: under Georgia law, kids under 13 cannot be charged with a crime, so the most that could happen to them is expulsion and then spending time in a juvenile facility up until they’re 18. So a 12-year-old can kill somebody and not be charged? Like a 12-year-old doesn’t know that murder is wrong.
And here’s proof that the kids knew what they were doing was wrong: They HID the knives and other plot components (gloves, duct tape, hand cuffs, etc…) in their backpacks. They didn’t just carry them in. They didn’t BROADCAST their plot – they kept it SECRET. They KNEW what they were doing is wrong. If it were up to me, I’d never have had this law and would charge the kids with conspiracy to commit murder or conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.
What would the teacher have done if 9 of these kids ganged up on him? Sure he could’ve taken on 1, 2, 3, or even 4 of them, but if NINE gang up on him, what’s he going to do? Shoot them? It’s not like he’d be allowed to have a gun in the classroom (although I’d say he should at least be allowed to have a TASER after this – especially if the kids are only suspended and not expelled).
These laws that protect children because they’re children are just plain stupid. Once you reach the age of 8 or 9, there are certain things that you know not to do. They know that murder and rape are wrong (and believe me – these kids know what sex is too – I remember last year 2 5th graders were caught having sex. How can 5th graders even HAVE sex? It’s nearly physically impossible). Do they know that all things are wrong? No – they probably don’t know anything about fraud or perjury, but they know basics like murder, assault, robbery, etc….
This law needs to be overturned so that when things like this happen in the future, kids can be punished (and these kids wouldn’t because you can’t pass an ex post facto law).
All I have to say is, this is one of the many reasons I’ll never be a teacher. I know I’m going to take a lot of heat for this post, so let the hateful comments begin.
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