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" Cops: 3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher"

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Cops: 3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher

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

School officials alerted police Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school, Tanner said.

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. She would not be more specific but said none of the children had been back to school since the case came to light.

The purported target is a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with learning disabilities including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity, friends and parents said.

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 parents of the students have cooperated with investigators, who aren't allowed to question the children without their parents' or guardians' consent, he said. Authorities have withheld the children's names.

Police expected to forward the results of their investigation to prosecutors, Tanner said.

Children in Georgia can't be charged with a crime unless they are at least 13, District Attorney Rick Currie said.

Martin told The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., that administrators would follow school system policy and state law in disciplining the students.

"From what I understand, they were considered pretty good kids," Martin said. "But we have to take this seriously, whether they were serious or not about carrying this through, and that's what we did."

Four mothers of other third-grade students at Center Elementary called for the immediate expulsion of the suspected plotters.

Stacy Carter and Deana Hiott both cited school system policy stating that an(AP) — y student who brings "anything reasonably considered to be a weapon" is to be expelled for at least the remainder of the school year.

"We don't want our children around them," Carter told the Times-Union. "The one with the knife could have stabbed my child or someone else's child at lunch or out on the playground."

"This is an isolated incident, an aberration. … We have good kids," Center Principal Angie Coleman told the newspaper.

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354 comments to “Headline of the Week Weak”

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  1. roy says – reply to this


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    1st ur gay!!

  2. rayne says – reply to this


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    WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE WORLD!!!

  3. Kayoum says – reply to this


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    FIRST!

  4. emily says – reply to this


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    first bitches!

  5. dave-o says – reply to this


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    first

  6. Lexi says – reply to this


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    FIRSTTT!!

  7. ew says – reply to this


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    ew

  8. Jus says – reply to this


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    haha lil kids r pretty gangsta nowadays lol

  9. amanda says – reply to this


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    first!
    wow those kids should stop doing that!

  10. adrianna says – reply to this


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    thats craaaaaaazyyyyyy!:(

  11. Lizzy says – reply to this


    11

    1st?

  12. Michelle says – reply to this


    12

    Why is there a pic of blindfolded Asians kids part of the story?

  13. wonderwoobie says – reply to this


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    As a kindergarten teacher, I'd better watch my back! 5 year olds can be pretty harsh too!

  14. Lisa says – reply to this


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    what the fuck is this world turning into? kids are getting younger and younger with this shit. ppl are fucked up nowadays.

  15. fdhd says – reply to this


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    5th

  16. marrissa says – reply to this


    16

    ha ha first!

  17. mop says – reply to this


    17

    bukkake

  18. heygirlhey says – reply to this


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    absolutely unbelievable. what has this country come to?

  19. Teresa says – reply to this


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    What the F?

  20. Steph says – reply to this


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    Pretty damn sad that these are THIRD GRADERS. What the hell is wrong with this world?

  21. tess says – reply to this


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    oh my god!!!

  22. ange says – reply to this


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    2nd to commit!!!!

  23. omg says – reply to this


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    1st! that fucking crazzy

  24. CMS says – reply to this


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    Kids are just bad lately…

  25. xsdcfvgbhnjhmk, says – reply to this


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    OMG AHHH thats so scary!!!
    ummm 23rd???

  26. Joanne says – reply to this


    26

    FIRSTT!!

  27. Aimee says – reply to this


    27

    THAT IS HORRIBLE, I MEAN I HATE MY TEACHERS ALSO BUT I WOULD NEVER WANT TO HURT THEM LIKE THAT!

  28. Susan says – reply to this


    28

    that is crazy! first

  29. :) says – reply to this


    29

    WHATTTT

    first

  30. :) says – reply to this


    30

    dont quote that piece of shit newspaper

  31. ben says – reply to this


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    LMFAOOOOO

  32. emily says – reply to this


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    omg crazy kids.
    america's running wild

  33. outragedfan says – reply to this


    33

    yikes.

  34. jordaaaan says – reply to this


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    oh my god! this is terrible!

  35. yomama says – reply to this


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    what is this effing world coming to?

  36. I'd say.... says – reply to this


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    Are they sure it wasn't show and tell day???

  37. ME THERE says – reply to this


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    FIRST!! what a bunch of little brats, maybe if their parents flogged them they wouldnt have even bothered thinking of it. They should be watched their intire lives now, bet at least 5 of them will be murderers when they are older.

  38. rebecca says – reply to this


    38

    holy crap

  39. Shannon says – reply to this


    39

    thanks how they roll

  40. the detective says – reply to this


    40

    why are you putting all of this crazy stuff up? and i'm reading all of it, lol :P

  41. LJSmiley says – reply to this


    41

    Wow, 3rd graders????!!!! What is the world coming too?

  42. toadflaxxed says – reply to this


    42

    them kids need an ass-whuppin'. too bad no one will do it. little fucks.

  43. hajdhs says – reply to this


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    What the hell are parents teaching their children these days?

    Parents, get off your lazy asses and stop letting them watch so much goddamn TV. Give them some good child-oriented books, take them OUTSIDE, teach them to ride a bike, take them fishing, anything. But for the love of innocence, stop letting them witness violence.

  44. perez is fat and ugly says – reply to this


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    crazy crazy, wat has teh world cum 2 nowaday?

  45. Abi says – reply to this


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    They should get extra credit for the organization part…. impressive for children with those disorders!

    All ha's aside, yikes!

  46. SABS says – reply to this


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    hahahhaahaha!

  47. A. says – reply to this


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    Perez, why would you choose to use a picture of all Asian kids for this article? You are bringing a negative connotation to an otherwise innocent picture; and it's offensive.

  48. illegalsmile says – reply to this


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    What do kids have to look up to these days? Everyone from the Church Clergy to the Gov't are a bunch of lawless criminals, and people are still stupid enough to wonder why our kids are trurning into little freaks???

    Wake the fuck up folks. Because in 10 years when this little minnow becomes a big fish, they will be fully endoctrinated sheople, who will bend to the will of the NEW WORLD ORDER.

    Because of the actions of a handful of kids, this will not justify the people who control them to carry out even more agressive force and control.

  49. mary./ says – reply to this


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    this is effing crazy,
    america needs to do something to stop all of this.

  50. KATHY FROM TORONTO says – reply to this


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    AGAIN… ONLY IN AMERICA!

    gEE WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOUR PARENTS KIDS? OH YEAH, WORKING 9 TO 5 IN THE CORPORATE AMERICAN WORLD.

    HOLY FUCK.. RAISE YOUR CHILDREN SO THEY DONT GROW UP TO BE THE NEXT TED BUNDY

  51. ang says – reply to this


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    Unbelievable

    …and WHO GIVES A DAMN IF YOU'RE FIRST!

  52. jdsf says – reply to this


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    wow, kids these days.
    this is ridiculous.
    just because she scolded one of them?!
    terrible.
    those kids should be punished, who cares how old they are.
    they were planning to KILL someone.
    and they totally get out of it with just being suspended?!
    that is effed up.

  53. Stupid Nigglets! says – reply to this


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    It's was probably a bunch of little nasty medicaid, snot nosed mini nig nogs!!!

    FUCK NIGGLETS!!

  54. Anonymous says – reply to this


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    Children are very evil!!!

  55. duc girl says – reply to this


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    serious stuff. HEY PEREZ, what is up w/ this picture??!

  56. britini says – reply to this


    56

    wow.. what the hell…

  57. DROP KICK THOSE KIDS says – reply to this


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    I'd drop kick those kids if I was the teacher!

  58. bo says – reply to this


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    This is why retarded children should not be in the same schools as normal kids.

  59. Janae says – reply to this


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    I was really hoping this was an April Fool's joke…but alas it seems it's not

  60. MLB says – reply to this


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    People need to start spanking their kids and making them responsible for their actions! — If the kids can't be charged - charge the parents for not parenting their children correctly!

  61. It's Simple says – reply to this


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    Bring back a healthy fear of God and reasonable disipline and this would all go away.

  62. Prestoo says – reply to this


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    OMG if those where my kids I'd kick there ASSESS! I'd beat em so bad that they couldnt walk straight any more THESE KIDS ARE SHIT TARDS! wtf is wrong with you little bastards!

  63. bobby says – reply to this


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    haha that is so funny i would do the same my primary school teacher's got on my nerves to … xoxoxox

  64. redheadblondie says – reply to this


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    i blame the parents…..

  65. deagz says – reply to this


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    april fools you fuck tards

  66. mom says – reply to this


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    Re: Stupid Nigglets! – wow you must be one of the dumber people in the world

  67. Candy Barr says – reply to this


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    I am very annoyed at the photo above . . . As the incident took place in Georgia, I am guessing that white and Black children took part in the plot. Looking at the names of parents from the school also tells me the same thing. The children in the photo look Asian or Hispanic.

  68. Stupid Spicletts! says – reply to this


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    It was actually a third grade class of crackhead, snotty nosed welfare raised puerto rican spics becuz these island monkey babies carry a knife before they learn to crawl.

  69. thatsfucked says – reply to this


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    Those kids are fucked up… they need to go to juvenile hall where they'll get their fucken ass kicked every day.

  70. mom says – reply to this


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    Re: bo – maybe they'll be able to one day make a school for just your level of retard

  71. KKK says – reply to this


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    KILL ALL SPICS
    KILL ALL SPICS
    KILL ALL SPICS
    KILL ALL SPICS
    KILL ALL SPICS
    KILL ALL SPICS
    BURN THEM TOO DEATH INSIDE THEIR CRACK HOUSES!

  72. redheadblondie says – reply to this


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    #61…you should never fear God, these kids need to see how much God loves them, and they need to go to church and parents need to have discipline for their children….that's what's wrong with this world…too much devil and not enough love for God.

  73. Jen Choy says – reply to this


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    Hello Perez,

    I would like to request that you IMMEDIATELY take down that IRRELEVANT photo depicting Chinese students in the classroom to accompany your story that had nothing to do with the Chinese ethnicity. In fact, it was in Georgia, and I know that the photo is from a Chinese classroom because of the banner in the background.

    As a reader of your blog who is of Chinese descent, I am highly OFFENDED that you would choose to put such a photo, especially in light of the heat China is already getting for the situation in Tibet, and the many people who wish to boycott the Olympics.

    Your story had nothing to do with the image, and showing these children of only that one particular descent gives misleading messages about the Chinese community. Imagine if the photo that accompanied it were all Latinos, or Blacks, or any one other cultural minority. I am shocked to see that you, in particular, that is of a ethnic minority has chosen to inadvertently target another minority group for no apparent or relevant reason.

    Please either replace the image with one that is from the actual story itself, or take it down completely.

    Thank you,

    -Jen Choy

  74. Sassafrass says – reply to this


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    Wow what is going on with this world? Seriously people if you have kids please pay attention to them they know and are doing a hellah of a lot more than you think they do. As for the rest of us who don't have any…next time someone asks why we don't have kids this is yet another example we can use as to why.

  75. Kaye says – reply to this


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    Having some fear in your parents (and other authoritative adults) in a child's life is good. I'm SOOO f u c k i n g sick of all this "we talk to our son", "Time out", "I explained to my daughter why what she did was bad" b u l l s h i t!!! Your son's going to keep being an a s s h o l e and all your daughter knows is WHY what she did was bad, NOT that she shouldn't do it. I would never dream of doing what half these brats do today cause I knew I would get my a s s beat.

  76. shame on you says – reply to this


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    wow you never know what kids are up to untill its too late

  77. crazed says – reply to this


    77

    Duh! April fools!

  78. ame says – reply to this


    78

    These kids should have a field trip to the county detention center!

  79. Catie says – reply to this


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    sadly enough, this happened in a redneck town about an hour away from mine.

  80. Sassafrass says – reply to this


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    Re: Jen Choy – I understand what you are saying but maybe because I am into art I think he put it up there for symbolic reasons since the kids are blindfolded as to say kids are not blind and are doing and saying more than you know. I really don't think he meant anything by it the way you referernced but I can totally see it from your view as well.

  81. Stephanie says – reply to this


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    April fools?

  82. Anonymous says – reply to this


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    AWESOME!!!

  83. david says – reply to this


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    itrs april fool

  84. allie says – reply to this


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    this is so freaking riduculous what is worng with these kids today parents just let them do w/e they want and have no time to spend with their children this is why they get into so much trouble

  85. a.p. says – reply to this


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    I usually don't comment and I don't know if this was intentional, but it seems as if you're trying to say something about Asians.
    So, please either replace that picture or take it down.

  86. fascinated says – reply to this


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    What I find astonishing is how third graders came up with such a meticulous plot that if carried out could have in fact been quite successfully in killing the teacher. Disturbing yet brilliant. Kids are getting smart with their violence, does this mean less bring a gun and shoot em up??

  87. amy says – reply to this


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    I teach in queens, this is no shock! It could happen any day!

  88. GIllian says – reply to this


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    HOLY GOODNESS.
    these are THIRD graders.
    THIRD GRADERS !!!
    omg…
    wow.
    damn parents.
    the kids are probably watching csi, and law and order learning how to do this stuff.
    WHY DONT YOU TAKE YOURS KIDS FOR A BIKE RIDE, OR A WALK?!

  89. wtf says – reply to this


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    what the hell. the picture is of kids from like china… it doesnt even make any freaken since!

  90. Michelle B. says – reply to this


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    Perez,
    You should listen to comment #73 and take the picture down of Asian schoolkids. Do you know how culturally insensitive it is to depict children of one race in reference to a very negative story about children acting out? It implies an association between the behaviour and the one ethnic group. Sort-of like having a news story about pedophiles and then showing pictures of openly gay celebrities. Find another picture Perez!!!

  91. creata says – reply to this


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    completley disgusting. where are kids learnig this from?!!!

  92. harlod huburt says – reply to this


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    omg all of you shut up dont act like u didnt think of this kind of shiz when u were little those kids were just bad ass enough to go through with it i think its scary but at the same time halrious

  93. Oh hell, there goes the neighborhood says – reply to this


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    this is what happens when high stakes testing is thrusted upon children, this is "NO child left behind" at work…first ulcers…then hostage situations!!

    Still, where the hell are the parents?? are they being held accountable for their children's behavior? I don't think that teacher will be back, and most likely that school has a high turn over rate already. HMM…guess we should make sure our teachers are packing some serious wepons if they are going up against little terrorists!

  94. Kiki says – reply to this


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    kids are facked up

  95. G-man says – reply to this


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    How stupid are you Americans. I can't believe it wasn't until the 59th comment that somebody (probably not from the U.S) discovered that this was a prank.

    Please, for the sake of your future, BE EDUCATED!

  96. Rtarara says – reply to this


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    To come up with that good of a plan they had to have been working on it. For that many to get involved I suspect the teacher was pretty terrible. The kids were also special needs add/adhd/learning disabled. For a human being, especially a child to resort to that level of violence, there has to be something going on other than regular elementary school hijinks. That's all I'm saying.

  97. pretty good kids??? Your killin' me!! says – reply to this


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    WAIT! HOLD ON! the artical said,"From what I understand, they were considered pretty good kids," Martin said. PRETTY GOOD KIDS may talk back, become defiant to an extent, maybe even a little passive aggressive…PRETTY PSYCHOPATHIC kids plan this stuff…get them evaluated QUICK! They are gonna have cell numbers real soon and i don't mean cellPHONE!

  98. Michelle says – reply to this


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    And to think I would have done my student teaching very close to there if I'd stayed at the university I was at last year…. That's freakin' scary. Oh and I would have hated to be the kid that brought RIBBON to an ass kicking.

  99. c says – reply to this


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    this is so incredibly sad. back when i was in third grade, i looked to my teachers as role models, and trusted they were punishing me with timeouts and the like because they were helping me. what kind of parents raised these children? and how on earth did these kids feel it at all ok to even consider bringing a weapon to school. at that age, i wasn't even cutting my own meat at the dinner table!

  100. Jadenn says – reply to this


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    Wow…

    First of all this is stupid, like, the kids. Im not saying they are stupid, they made a stupid mistake. They shouldn't be expelled unless it happens more than once. And the mother that said that tht the kid with the knife couldve stabbed her kid on the playground, thats ridiculous. The kid isn't gonna go up to a random kid and stab them. ITS A 3RD GRADER! I mean, seriously. Wow.

    Lol :P

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