Teacher Who Left Job Says Fifth Grader Wrote List of Goals That Included ‘Kill Ms. Turner’

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A former public school teacher of 12 years who left her job in January for reasons that include the lack of discipline of students recently showed reporters a list of goals that a fifth grader wrote, number one being that he wanted to kill her. She believes that the education system is broken and that something must be done to place responsibility back on the parents.

Susan Barnes, formerly Susan Turner, showed a photocopy of the child’s writings to the local outlet The State last week, explaining that she had been alerted by another child about the potential threat. The situation took place last year on field day.

“One of my students came up to me and said, ‘Ms. Turner, have you seen this little boy’s note? He says he’s going to kill you.’ And I’m like, ‘What?!'” she recalled.

Barnes then confronted the child and he claimed that he had thrown the paper away. However, when she began to press the issue and ask which trash can it was in, he eventually pulled the paper out of his pocket and gave it to her. At the top was written “My Will,” with a list of five goals.

“When I read it, I stopped at number one really. Number one said, ‘Kill Ms. Turner,'” Barnes said.

Other goals on his list included “sell my house,” “become a stripper” and “goal to jail.”

She immediately marched him into the building.

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Whether the boy was serious or not, Barnes told The State that the situation was a tipping point for her to get out of the teaching profession. She had already been struggling with anxiety and depression from the various stressors to the point where her doctor wrote her a prescription for Xanax.

Barnes outlined that she keeps the prescription in her daily planner as a reminder of the life she left.

“I never filled that prescription, and I see it every day to remind me, that’s what I walked away from,” she stated.

While lack of discipline isn’t the only reason she left her job, Barnes says that in her 12 years of teaching, she has seen administrators be too lenient with students who misbehave.

“These kids do not get punished. They have cell phones. They have internet. They have laptops that the school lets them take home and the parents don’t monitor them or can’t,” she stated. “Until the government can find a way to put responsibility back on the parents, our education system will remain broken.”

Barnes says that she doesn’t believe that the fifth grader who wrote the “kill Ms. Turner” goal faced any significant consequences other than being sent home with excused absences.

The district declined to comment on the specifics of the teacher’s claims other than to state that progressive discipline is utilized according to the student code of conduct before any other action is taken.

As previously reported, last year, a Wisconsin teacher resigned from her job in providing emotional testimony during a board meeting about the increasingly out-of-control violent and sexually harassing behavior of students.

“We are in danger every day [that] we show up to our school. Students and staff are physically, verbally, emotionally, mentally and sexually abused every single day in the building,” Washington Middle School sixth grade teacher Kerstin Westcott told the Green Bay School Board on June 5. “This environment cannot be allowed to continue.”

She said that teachers are daily cursed at and called “vile, crude and sexual names.” She offered copies of a page-long list of remarks that students had made in just the last two days.

Wescott also noted that some teachers have been injured trying to break up physical fights, including one teacher who was taken away in an ambulance.

“Another teacher was physically attacked by students trying to set off a deadly allergic reaction on purpose, causing her throat to close and her to struggle to breathe,” she mourned.

“Just last week a student told multiple people multiple times that ‘I’m going to shoot up everyone in this school,’” Wescott grieved. “Is it going to take someone getting killed for you to finally take the drastic action that is needed?”

The State notes that last September, five South Carolina teachers spoke to lawmakers about the various struggles and concerns in the teaching profession, including Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres.

“Imagine seeing a 200-pound student chase down one of your teachers and punch her in the face and break her glasses—and continue to punch her,” she stated, advising that the teacher who was beaten quit her job after the student received minimal punishment.

“Why is the devaluation of teachers happening? It’s because we are allowing this kind of disrespect. Would you want to become a teacher if you saw that, if you saw your teacher treated that way?” Torres asked.

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  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, Help LORD, the enemy is destroying our children. Evil is being accepted. Raise up mighty men of God, who will counter the lies of the enemy with Your truth. Grant them protection and provision as they go forth across our land to expose satan’s tactics. Give us bold men, whom You Yourself have tried and tested, and have found to be faithful stewards. Men who will stand firm in Your truth and not compromise. Awaken Your church! Deliver these children from the bondage they are in and their parents. Forgive us our lukewarmness, open our eyes to our sins against You, convict us by Your Holy Spirit to repent and turn back to You. Give us leaders who will not accept lawlessness, but will judge without partiality, judge in righteousness, and will punish the lawless. For any who will repent, have mercy on them. For any who remain hard-hearted, stiff- necked and rebellious, bring Your hand down upon them, and set us free from their oppression. Thank You Father for Your help, we wait upon You. Where does our help come from, it comes from the LORD. In Jesus beautiful name. AMEN

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      Abba Father, I am in agreement with this prayer. In Jesus Name.

    • Jacob Waldmiller


  • james blue

    She believes that the education system is broken and that something must be done to place responsibility back on the parents.

    The responsibility is already on the parents, they just decided to abdicate that responsibility. Schools aren’t failing the children, the children are failing school and most of the blame sits with disinterested parents who never taught their child how to behave.

    • American4Truth

      It is both the parent’s responsibility and the schools.

      • james blue

        Schools are supposed to teach kids how to read and write etc. They are not supposed to raise children. When I was a kid if I got in trouble at school for my behavior I would be in trouble when I got home, these days if a kid gets in trouble at school for their behavior the parents go to school and threaten the teachers.

        We were taught to behave, I could read, write and do basic math etc. before my first day at school and knew how to behave. The same for my children and grandchildren. Too many kids these days can’t even write their own name on the first day of school and the teachers spend most of the day trying to get them to sit down and focus.

  • Lydia Church

    “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God….”
    2 Timothy 3; 1-4

    “Their throat is an open grave,
    With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
    “The poison of asps is under their lips”;
    “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
    “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
    Destruction and misery are in their paths,
    And the path of peace they have not known.”
    “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
    Romans 3; 13-18

    • Susan Perelka

      I hear your broken heart. I weep at what our society has accepted, even in the church. God told us to remain unspotted by the world, have we? The devil has lied and people are believing his lies. He wants to destroy families. He wants to redefine what a family is, he wants to corrupt our children. People are now calling what is evil as good and what is good as evil. God has been rejected and satan is having a field day destroying peoples lives. I agree, these are difficult times…….. We need Gods help, we need to diligently pray for one another and to help carry one another’s burdens. I pulled my children out of public school 5 years ago (I now home school) and I have been shocked at how quickly things have deteriorated. The best way to fight lies, is to counter them with truth, Gods truth. We let political correctness silence us, very cleaver trap of the enemy, it has been very successful. We need to recognize it and now fight against it. We let wicked people take over, we need to ask God to raise up godly leaders. I wonder sometimes if people are just too comfortable to truly care anymore. Pray that the Lord will awaken His church to stand against the darkness with boldness. That He would give us wisdom and direction. We are the light! We need to let our lamps be seen. We need to repent and turn to God.

    • Susan Perelka

      Psalm 64

      Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
      Preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
      Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers,
      From the tumult of those who do iniquity,
      Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword.
      They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,
      To shoot from concealment at the blameless;
      Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.
      They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose;
      They talk of laying snares secretly;
      They say, “Who can see them?”
      They devise injustices, saying,
      “We are ready with a well-conceived plot.”
      For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.

      BUT GOD will shoot at them with an arrow;
      Suddenly they will be wounded.
      So they will make him stumble;
      Their own tongue is against them;
      All who see them will shake their head.
      Then all men will fear,
      And they will declare the work of God,
      And they will consider what He has done.
      The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him;
      And all the upright in heart will glory.

  • Lydia Church

    Yes, I have experienced this myself and heard from so many other teachers and it is true. There is no discipline, there are no consequences for the sin of the students. It is all whitewashed and brushed under the rug, they don’t even want to call them ‘bad,’ but at times they are even evil (sadistical, malicious, murderous, hateful, spiteful, bullies, etc.=evil). The districts have been bought out by funding rules and that has killed all discipline. Spanking (which is Biblical) has been outlawed. If these children are there all day and misbehave, they need a spanking; either by an administrator, or by mom or dad but someone. These days with two working parents its absentee parenting, districts with their hands tied, bad social and discipline policies in the schools, occult influences on students (books they read, etc.) and a sin glorifying culture that is to blame. Parents don’t do their job (and yes, it is their job to raise their own children), and teachers and principals can’t due to laws that are in place. There is absolutely no solution unless the whole society and law changes. Teachers are not only disrespected, but their very lives are in danger by these rude bullies all the time. Even the little ones are becoming so degraded, drooling over bloody violence, using derogatory sexual terms, cussing at teachers, threatening, and that is only kindergarten! I have seen the situation getting worse by the year as to what condition the incoming kindergarteners are, so many out of control kids that are truly a ‘tornado’ in the classroom, and the teacher can’t legally even restrain them to avoid injury to other students. Teachers are some of the biggest heroes in the world and get the least respect. That includes from students, parents, administrators, and society. Oh, and by the way; HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY!
    Do NOT get into teaching! The dream is over as anything good about it is gone.

    • Lydia Church

      I typed this one passionately and in a hurry, the usual nonexistent typos did find a crack in this time, just fyi.

      As for the new school motto, it is: “Johnny can do no wrong.”
      No matter what. And students are so bad to each other now, bullying and you name it.

  • Craig

    If you want to know what’s going on, then read John Taylor Gatto’s book, An Underground History of American Education. You can also search him on You Tube and find a lot of his videos there as well.

  • nineleven

    the fruit of lawlessness, rebellion and 60 years of communist infiltration in society is taking its toll on parents and teachers and now the students.