Students put rat poison in teacher’s water, cops say

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NEW YORK — Two New York City fourth-graders were arrested Tuesday after allegedly putting poison in a teacher’s water bottle, police said.

The two boys, ages 9 and 12, allegedly poisoned the teacher’s water Monday afternoon, causing her to feel nauseated the next day. She was treated by her doctor and is now in good condition, said Sgt. John Buthorn of the New York City Police Department.

The poison is being tested in a lab to determine its content, but it appears to be rat poison, police said.

According to the NYPD, both boys have been charged with attempted second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police told CNN that the incident occurred at P.S. 315 in Brooklyn. The public school, also known as the School of Performing Arts, serves 849 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the school’s website.

Officials at the school have not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

The New York City Department of Education said in a statement that it is “greatly relieved that the teacher is recovering” and that it will “continue to closely monitor this situation.”

“Ensuring the safety of our entire schools community is our priority, and while this matter is still under investigation, we will take swift and appropriate action,” the statement said.


  • Celdan33

    “The two boys ages 9 and 12” the article says fourth-graders, my daughter is 9 and in the 4th grade, how is a 12 year old in the 4th grade?

  • Mike

    No child left behind is supposed to prevent that and boot them to the next grade no matter what.

  • Rani

    The no child left behind act doesn’t mean “boot” them to the next grade! Sheesh! It means parents and teachers are to work together, to make sure the child doesn’t fall behind in school, due to the teachers possibly not doing their jobs! Y’all need to educate yourself more! The 12 yr old was probably held back by their parents! You have the options as a parent to either let your child or children go to the next grade KNOWING they’re not mentally ready to go on or to hold them back so they can better understand the work they’re doin! Another reason most parents believe that holding them back might stop them from learning if they just let them be “booted” to the next grade! Children shouldn’t be just tossed on to the next grade for another teacher to try to solve the kids problems… only for the child to continue to not learn anything and be shoved into the next grade! By the time they’re passed on to high school… they MIGHT be able to read at a 3rd grade level! Then what? The parents will blame the school for just pushing the kid on through … when in reality it’s not JUST the school and teachers responsibility to make sure the child is meeting all their educational goals and needs! It’s the parents responsibility as well! If you don’t take an active role in knowing where your child is academically …. then you’re just as much at fault as the school and teachers are!

  • bella 07

    This is serious! I don’t see good things in the future of these boys.One question, what is a 12 year old doing in the fourth grade?

    • Rani

      The teacher didn’t die from being poisoned. The teacher is still alive so can’t charge the children with murder charges.. maybe attempted murder but not 1st degree murder. Not to mention, no court will uphold a charge like that for a 9 year old, knowing the child would get out when they’re 21… the 12 year old could possibly be tried as an adult… but NY won’t try the 12 year old as an adult.

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