I don't know if y'all have heard about this story, but it's definitely one for the WTF Files.
3rd graders plot teacher attack
That's the AP story, and thank goodness it's sans reader comments. I read another take in the Atlanta paper, and some of the comments were almost as WTF as the story.
Seriously, though, WTF is wrong with the world that children feel it's okay to plot against their teacher because she reprimanded one of them for standing on a chair. And now, it looks like no punishment is going to be given. I heard on the news yesterday that the local law enforcement thought 'behavior modification' was the best way to handle this. These kids have never been taught about consequences, and from the sounds of it, they still won't be. From the sounds of it, they haven't even been expelled, but are instead on 'long-term suspension'.
(Update: I missed the part where three of them are being charged as juvenile offenders. I'm glad someone is taking this seriously. Finally.)
Give it a few years, and the ring-leaders will kill someone.
Of course, someone's already blaming the TV, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the parents. Sure some kids get to watch CSI - which IMO is way too graphic for little kids - but when it comes down to it, the parents are the ones letting them watch. And then the parents are the ones who don't explain the show to the kids afterwards. The parents apparently haven't impressed upon their kids what right and wrong are.
Teaching morality is a parent's responsibility. Not the TV, not the school, not the government. Not even books. When did people stop taking parental responsibility seriously???
And thus ends today's unscheduled rant. Proceed with your regular daily activities.
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