Wednesday letters: Do schools turn kids into killers?

04/23/2014 12:00 AM

04/22/2014 10:28 PM

My granddaughter, who was enrolled in K-5 at a Lexington County school, was told by a student in her class, “I am going to kill you.”

She did not tell her teacher because her teacher has told the class that tattle tales will be punished. But she did tell her mom, who visited her teacher the next day. The teacher summarily dismissed the threat and did nothing.

A few weeks earlier, my granddaughter was punished for speaking in the cafeteria: She had to stand with her back against a brick wall during recess while other students could make fun of her.

A death threat means nothing, but speaking in the cafeteria is punishable by being made the object of bullies on the playground, which can have lifetime consequences.

The child who made the threats needs to be punished so he won’t become the teen who enters school with murder as his intent.

Marian McKee


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