Boys Poison Teacher in NYC With Rat Poison in Her Water Bottle

Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:51 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Two boys allegedly poisoned their teacher at a Brooklyn, New York, elementary school earlier in the week by putting what appeared to be rat poison into the educator's water bottle when she wasn't looking.

The teacher, whose name was not released, is said to be in good condition after having initially felt nauseous one day after she drank the toxic water, Sgt. John Buthorn of the New York City Police Department told CNN.

The pre-teens, ages 9 and 12, were subsequently charged with attempted second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. According to police the pre-teens will be treated as juveniles.

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Authorities became aware of the poisoning after another student reportedly informed the teacher of what the two students had done to her water bottle.

The incident occurred at Brooklyn's P.S. 315. The school, which is reportedly a School of Performing Arts, serves some 849 students between pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to CNN.

Though authorities have yet to be able to determine the actual toxin added to the water bottle, police believe it to be rat poison. The substance is currently being further tested in a NYC lab.

P.S. 315 did not respond to media requests for a comment; however NYC's Department of Education released a statement Wednesday that read, "We are greatly relieved that the teacher is recovering and we 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."

According to NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis, the poison was administered by the younger boy who received guidance from the 12-year-old, ABC News reported.

While a clear motive as to why this particular teacher was targeted remains unclear, Davis added that the boys had apparently wanted to see how the teacher would react to the poison. Police added that it was the 9-year-old who had procured the rat poison, ABC News noted.

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