Police: 3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher

This photo provided by Chief of Police of Waycross, Ga., Tony Tanner, Tuesday, April 1, 2008. A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday. The plot by as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said. (AP Photo/Waycross Georgia Police Department)
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Waycross, GA. (AP) Police in Georgia have been questioning a group of children accused of plotting to attack their teacher.

The police chief says the plot was a serious one, even though the children are all in the third grade -- and all aged nine and under.

Acting on a tip, authorities seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items from the students, who apparently intended to use them against the teacher. The veteran teacher may have scolded one of the children for standing on a chair.

As many as nine boys and girls are believed to be involved. The students are too young to be charged with a crime, though they could be expelled.