Dangers of Shortening Recess

This certainly caught my attention:

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Nine-year-olds at a school in the U.S. state of Georgia brought a broken steak knife, handcuffs and electrical tape to school in a plot to injure their teacher, authorities said on Tuesday.

Teachers at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Georgia, uncovered the plot on Friday when a pupil reported that a child in the third grade had brought a weapon into the school.

“The plan was to handcuff the teacher, put tape over her mouth and hit her over the head with the paperweight and possibly cut her,” said Lt. Duane Caswell of Waycross police, adding that some students said the knife was simply there to cut the tape.

“It was a rather elaborate scheme for children of that age,” he said.

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I’ve had my share of tough teachers.  (By the way, lil’ shout out to Mrs. Linda Cope, who I think should be employed by the government to teach Literature at Gitmo.)

Still, I don’t think it ever occurred to me to do anything other than put a tack in their chair.  So what would compel a group of 9-year old kids to come up with a well-laid plan to torture a teacher?

I cannot believe this behavior is the result of an ill-suppressed natural instinct – but rather an indication of something wrong in our society.

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