Guilty as charged?

While this news item is pretty horrible, it does have the side effect of making me feel (for the first time) like my own fifth-grade class wasn’t so awful for misbehaving so badly that our poor teacher had to take a leave of absence.

Allegations that third-graders hatched an elaborate plot to knock out, handcuff and stab their teacher were met with shock by neighbors and with doubt by psychiatry experts who said it is unlikely that children that young seriously intended to hurt anyone. Police say the plot at Center Elementary School began because the children, ages 8 to 10, were apparently angry after the teacher disciplined one of the students for standing on a chair. Students brought a crystal paperweight, a steak knife with a broken handle, steel handcuffs and other items as part of last week’s plot, police said Tuesday.

Cripes.

On second thought, I still don’t feel very good.