Children in alleged death plot should be severely punished - Jaya Franklin

Third-grade students at an elementary school are facing conspiracy and other charges, according to news reports, for plotting to kill their teacher.

The incident took place at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Ga. Police confiscated a broken steak knife, handcuffs, transparent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight from the eight-and nine-year-old students.

Apparently, the kids were upset with the teacher for scolding another student for standing on a chair. A lot of people, including parents, are saying they're shocked after finding out about the students' intentions for their teacher.

But, for some reason, I'm not.

These chldren have bad examples all around them, some of these examples may even be in their households. It is obvious that youngsters will eventually begin to mimic what they see on television, or hear in popular music.

I'm not saying that the parents of these students are not doing their jobs. But I do think that kids should be educated about consequences early in life.

It's just as simple as teaching your child right from wrong. The thing that many of us should focus on is, what if these children were actually successful with their plot? Then what?

There are going to be some parents who feel that these children should not be charged or punished. If I found out my child was a part of something like this, he or she would be punished severely.

First, I would explain to them the seriousness of what they participated in, then they would obviously get a spanking. And, I would make them apologize to their teacher, along with speaking to the entire student body at the school.

If the principal decided to expel these students and make them repeat the third grade, I think that would suit them nicely, also.

The school system needs to make an example out of these kids, so that it won't happen again -- and it's going to take more than an apology.

In order for such a young group of children to come up with something like this, they had to get the idea from someone or something. This is another reason why parents should monitor what their children view on television.

I know we've all had teachers that we dislike. I can think of more than one. But I would never try to take anyone's life.

Some of the parents involved will likely try to defend their children and make excuses for their behavior. But I hope parents realize that, by justifying this behavior, they will actually hinder the children more than they are helping them.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.