Teacher Poisoned: 2 Students Arrested After Allegedly Putting Rat Poison In Teacher’s Water

A teacher was poisoned when two students at PS 315 in Brooklyn, New York confiscated her water and tainted it.

The teacher drank some of the water and began to feel ill the next day. Thinking that something was strange, the teacher went to her doctor for an evaluation. According to ABC 7, the woman’s doctor told her that she had been poisoned. Meanwhile, a student who witnessed the shenanigans told a parent about what he/she saw. The student’s parent then contacted the school and the administration contacted the police. A 9-year-old and a 12-year-old boy were both arrested by the NYPD and the case is currently under investigation.

CNN reports:

“Both boys have been charged with attempted second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.”

The teacher who was poisoned is expected to be okay. It’s unknown if she has returned to teaching or if she has been advised to take some time off.
The Department of Education released the following statement:

“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.”

It is unclear why the students targeted this teacher or what their motive might have been. If their intent was truly malicious (and they were hoping that the teacher died), it is possible that they could be brought up on attempted murder charges. Evidently kids these days have a lot of spare time on their hands.As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a similar incident happened earlier this month. Controversy erupted when a 10-year-old student was suspended (and not brought up on criminal charges) for poisoning a teacher in the UK. The student laced the teacher’s coffee with “a deadly, bleach-like chemical.” Neither the school nor the teacher had any plans to press charges in that case.Poisoning one’s teacher seems completely ridiculous but some students apparently think it’s a great prank. The fact that this has happened at least twice in the past couple of weeks is certainly alarming. Teachers who read these stories can’t help but feel like something like this could happen to them — and keeping their personal items close by and covered has become very important.

Do you think the two students at PS 315 should be expelled? Do you think that the should face criminal consequences for their actions? Sound off in the comments below.

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