These teachers' good intentions went amuck.
An elementary school class started a class project to make a planter to
take home to their parents. They wanted to have a plant in it that was
easy to take care of, so they decided to use cactus plants.
The students were given greenware pottery planters in the shape of a
clown, which they painted with glaze. The clown planters were
professionally fired at a class outing so they could see the process. It
was great fun.
They planted cactus seeds in the finished planters and they grew nicely
but unfortunately the children were not allowed to take them home...the
cactus plants were removed and small ivy replaced them and the children
were then allowed to take them home instead. The teacher said cactus
seemed like a good idea at the time!!