During the beginning of October an eighth-grader in Connecticut posted the following message on their Facebook account: “I swear to God I’m going to kill Mr. Robinson” to which a female classmate responded with “Let’s bomb the school together,” both were quickly arrested.
According to the Gothamist the student has been charged with disorderly conduct, second-degree breach of peace and threatening. Both students were also suspended for 10 days, while expulsion has also been put on the table.
The boys mother has blamed the school, stating that her own comments about and clashes with Principle Robinson caused her son to be suspended, apparently threatening to kill the principal and destroy their school had nothing to do with it.
The boy’s mother said to the New Milford News-Times
“If I was arrested every time I told my children I was going to kill them because they didn’t do what I asked, I’d be on death row.”
Seriously? You tell your kids you are going to kill them all the time, this is definitely a case of blame the parents.
The boys mother has said her constant clashes with the Principle led her to complain to Superintendent Paddyfote, however Paddyfote is on Robinson’s side as she is considering an expulsion of the student.
Kids need to realize that their actions have consequences, the argument has been made that emotions can become amplified by Facebook, Twitter and other online resources, but that doesn’t excuse the actions of these students. Perhaps if the boys mother spent less time threatening to kill him, he would spend less time doing the same to others.
What are your thoughts on the entire situation? Should both 13-year-old children be expelled? Or is suspension enough to teach them a lesson.