Sunday, August 26, 2012

Show and tell ... OF DEATH...

You know, back when I was in primary school the most interesting thing anyone brought in was a goldfish.  Perhaps a guinea pig.

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!

27 comments:

  1. I am terrified of brown recluse spiders. Why did this teacher even have one? She found it around her house and thought, oh this would be great for the kids to play with?

    Next show and tell: King Cobra Deathmatch!

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    1. I can only assume that will be her next presentation. Or maybe a great white shark in a kiddies pool?

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  2. I'm afraid if either of my children had been in her class I would have withdrawn them immediately. The woman is not fit to be left along with children, or anyone!

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  3. Wow! What a story!! I like what Sarcastic Ninja said about the next show and tell. I mean... really!! Crazy world we live in, right? I'm your newest follower... love your blog!

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    1. Welcome! I hope I entertain you, at least a little bit :D

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  4. The world is full of idiots - they should not be allowed to teach our children - or be within 2 blocks of them really. Show and Tell? Show her the door and Tell her not to come back.

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    1. Hopefully that's what will happen with the mother pressing charges.

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  5. What an incredible story - I'll have to google this brown recluse spider, I have not heard of it. Show and tell indeed!

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    1. I didn't know either, so I googled it too. It looked a bit like a huntsman, but then a huntsman never killed anybody.

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  6. I hope the parents sue the school and the teacher. Aren't Americans supposed to be litigious? Get cracking!

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  7. Or did that incident happen in Georgia, Russia? Actually, it makes sense there'd be no repercussions there. No one gives a shit about anything in Russia.

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    1. LOL! No, from the accents in the video I think we can safely say it was in Georgia, USA.

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  8. This has got me rethinking my plan to send my kid in for show and tell next week with a bottle of whiskey and some hand guns.

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    1. Be responsible! Send them with a hooker and a box of cigars!

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  9. Jeez, I'm not one for the 'sue' culture but I definitely would have seen someone go to court if that was my child. It seems as though common sense isn't so common anymore.

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    1. I'm pretty sure if I was in that mother's position, I'd be baying for blood!

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  10. "Okay kids, today I wanted to illustrate the dangers of knives by bringing in this spastic ape holding swords and knives and inexplicably a grenade with its foot. Okay, who took Susie's arm?" --Scene from her next show and tell.
    I like that she didn't think a simple picture of the spider would do. In her defense, the kid is probably one of those "cry wolf" type kids who's always claiming he got bit by something poisonous...or she's super negligent.

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    1. Is it wrong that I kind of want to see your next show and tell scene?

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  11. "How was school today, honey?"
    "Great! I got an A on my math test. And a spider bit me during Show & Tell."

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    1. Not quite the education they were sending her there for.

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  12. I just LMAO at 'oh unknowable universe'! o.my.hell... hilarious..
    Anywho.. Wtf? What a moron. Poor Little Girl, Now, She will have a hideous scar forever, because Brown recluses cause the flesh to deteriorate. Since she went untreated for the periodof time, until the collapse, even though it was only a matter of hours that is why she had the 50/50 chance, her age was a factor, and the length of time. The toxins had been in there working away, and meanwhile, Teachy McNeglectfulpants gets off scott free. Ridiculous.

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    1. Okay from now on you get to pick the names for everything! Teachy McNeglectfulpants? Genius!

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  13. I'm not gonna lie to you... If that were my kid, I'd kill that teacher... With mothereffin spiders!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  14. This is horrible, but it's also Georgia, so I am not shocked.
    When I was in school, someone brought an owl for show and tell. That was the best day ever.

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    1. LOL! Jeez, and the best show and tell we ever got was some kid who brought in his dad's prosthetic ear.

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