But a poisonous spider? No, that definitely never made the roster. And certainly not courtesy of the teacher!
But apparently that's what happened in Georgia. A teacher brought in a brown recluse spider to show the kids. Well, that sounds like an excellent idea! Bring a potentially deadly animal into a room full of primary schoolers, and then encourage them to get up close and personal with said deadly animal. That can only end well.
Of course, it didn't end well.
According to this article one of the students was bitten. Yeah, totally didn't see that happening. A teacher was negligent enough to bring a poisonous spider to school and then was careless enough to let it bite one of the kiddies? Oh unknowable universe!
And then, because apparently she didn't think she'd done enough to guarantee her Worst Teacher Ever award, when the kid told her that the spider had bitten her did she take the child to the hospital? Call her parents? Tell ANYONE?
If your answer to those questions was no, then you get a cupie doll!
That's right, this education professional, and I use the term loosely, just ignored the girl. It wasn't until later that afternoon when she collapsed on the way home that her parents even found out something was wrong. According to the doctor she had a 50/50 chance of survival.
She lived, thankfully, but at the end of it all the teacher didn't get in trouble at all! How on earth is it possible for something like that to happen and the school board not come down on that teacher like the hand of God? But apparently she still has her job and there haven't been any repercussions.
I'm sure if she was actually answering questions there's be all sorts of extenuating circumstances. But you know what? I can't think of a single reason that would excuse bringing something like that into close contact with kids, and then being careless enough to let one of them get close enough to be bitten. But there aren't any excuses because, unsurprisingly, both the teacher and the school are declining to comment.
Why on earth are they letting someone like that take care of children? I wouldn't let her take care of my cat!