Beware of Italian teachers with scissors

If you have yet to eat your breakfast, dinner, or lunch, do NOT read on. Save this for a moment when your digestion is sturdier.

A teacher in Milan was suspended for cutting off her seven-year-old student's tongue with a pair of scissors because he was "lively". No, folks, this isn't a Purim joke, you can read more about it here. The understated tone of the article makes it sound as if cutting off a child's tongue is commonplace and happens almost every day. (I shouldn't joke, it probably does.)

The child is apparently scared to go back to school (no kidding, Einstein) and now has a fear of knives. The 22-year-old teacher, who warned the child, "Pull out your tongue. I'll cut it, and you'll no longer talk," has since apologized and claims it was an accident. An accident?

It's a crazy, crazy world we live in. Reading articles like these makes me want to break into my daughters' daycare in the middle of the night, and install webcams EVERYWHERE. I do fully trust the women who take care of my daughters, but then I say to myself, I bet parents who sat down with this female teacher in Milan for parent-teacher evenings would never have guessed that she is the tongue-cutting type.