I read an article on AOL.Com today where four fourth grade children ages 9 and 10-year-old that attend the Elba Elementary School in New York are accused of plotting to kill their grade-school teacher.
In an incident report, it stated that the students devised a plan to kill their teacher with hand-sanitizer because she had yelled at them. The teacher had banned antibacterial products in her classroom because she was allergic to them.
In December before the winter school break the students plotted to position the antibacterial products on the things that they knew the teacher would touch.
A student in the classroom learned of the plan and told their parents that the students had conspired to cause the teacher to have a deadly allergic reaction from hand-sanitizer and their plot got foiled.
The school contacted the police who spoke with the students and their parents. Police found little motive for the scheme beyond the fact that the students had said the teacher “is mean,” according to the New York Daily News.
The police didn’t file any charges against the girls but they handed the case over to the school board which suspended two of the students.
When I read this it bothered me tremendously because it made me question how 9 and 10-year-old children could ever think of such a plot to kill a teacher; and it caused me to speculate what type of television programs are they allowed to watch at home.
In my opinion these students appeared to be knowledgeable and mature enough to certainly “know” the dangers of their plot; and it’s my opinion all of them should have been suspended and also required to study and to write about the dangers of bringing harm to another person’s life; after-all this was a serious minded plot even-though it was children. When children are given lenient conclusions after committing serious offenses, what’s to keep them from plotting against someone else because they know they’ll get away with it?
Barbara Kasey Smith is the writer of this article and it was based on an article she read on AOL.Com.