Contact: Finn Laursen, Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), 440-250-9566
MEDIA ADVISORY, April 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- A group of third grade boys and girls have been caught conspiring to do physical harm, if not kill, their teacher at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Georgia. The plot was hatched in retaliation for the scolding of a student for standing on a chair.
"This was no simple April Fools prank," says Finn Laursen, Executive Director of Christian Educators Association International. "The eight to ten year olds intended to do violence to their teacher, and even delegated individual responsibilities in a plan to knock her unconscious with a crystal paperweight, bind her with handcuffs and tape, and then stab her with a knife! Materials were even in place to cover the windows while they committed mayhem."
"This type of behavior should not shock anyone in this postmodern culture that promotes a philosophy of no absolute truth and therefore no absolute right and wrong," says Laursen. "When parents don't train their children to have a clear moral compass, the young can be expected to make unethical decisions. The next line of defense is in the schools where we are in a culture war, and our schools are the battlefield."
"Children today are continually confronted with ideas contrary to the principles of Scripture, and contemporary public schools are often void of such truths. The fruit of these dynamics are apparent. If children are not nurtured with God's perspective, they can and will be easily deceived."
"The Waycross incident reinforces the need for Christians to take responsibility for public schools. Christian parents must teach their children God’s principles, and Christian teachers must live their lives before their students in such a way that clearly communicates something of Christ and the message of God's love. The mission of our professional association is to encourage, equip, and empower educators in so doing," says Laursen.
Laursen asks that churches across the nation consider adopting local schools to offer support and help. "Becoming part of the educational culture can change it," says Laursen. "The Church must show Waycross and other communities the Way to the cross."