Yesterday, we were haunted by the news that a group of third graders planned to kill their teacher. What’s next? A gang of contract Killers trained in Kindergarten?
The report from Waycross, Georgia was horrifying as we began to realize the lack any sense of morality and the loss of value in human life in the animalistic, me-first, children:
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.
The killing was planned as revenge against the teacher because she asked one of the students to stop standing on a chair.
Is this the new rebellion in the youth movement intended to challenge authority? “Tell me to sit down, and you die!”
The worse part of the murder plot was learning about the pre-planning — the pre-meditation — involved in the crime:
The scheme involved a division of roles. 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.
Should 8 and 9-year-olds be exempt from prosecution for planning a murder? Under current Georgia law, children cannot be charged with a crime unless they are 13.
How young is too young to know the difference between living and dying? Did the children think their actions would result in a death? If not, why did they bring the implements of killing into school?
If Georgia passes a law that third graders can be aware of their behavior and charged with a crime, will the contract killings then be farmed out to Kindergarteners — who will work for lollipops and a tickle blanket — and fully escape the clause of the law because five-year-olds will always be exempt from a pre-meditated murder charge?
How did these children so quickly become anesthetized to the perils of living and dying?
Were they numbed by violence on TV; or did they actively learn, via video, games that you win by murdering your competition; or is their behavior an intrinsic survival tool wielded to wipe out any challenge to their evolutionary progression?