Fourth graders plotted to kill their teacher at Elba Central School in New York. Three 9-year-old girls planned to use hand sanitizer to kill the female teacher they said was “mean” and “yelled” at them. The death plot using anti-bacterial hand sanitizer was foiled, when a school board member found out and called the police.
The Elba Central School students in the class were told earlier in the school year that they could not bring hand sanitizer into the room due to the teacher’s severe allergy to the waterless liquid soap. Elba Central School is located in the Batavia, New York, area. The students had planned to smear anti-bacterial hand sanitizer on all the surfaces in the classroom.
The three 9-year-old fourth-grade girls are believed to have told several classmates about their murder plot just before Christmas break. One of the students told their parents about the plans to murder the teacher, who in turn called school administrators.
Joyce Veraccini, who has a son in the same class as the girls who planned to murder their teacher, said, “He [her son] told me that a bunch of girls in this class were threatening with hand sanitizer on the teacher and it’s just shocking.”
The fourth graders suspected of planning to kill their teacher have now been interviewed by the Genessee County Sheriff’s Office. The law enforcement officers confirmed that the reason the three 9-year-old girl’s wanted to murder their teacher was because the students felt she was mean.
“[The teacher] yells at us and the class has problems with her,” one of the fourth-grade attempted murder suspects told deputies.
One of the three 9-year-old girls said that plot to murder the unidentified teacher actually began with another student in the class. The incident report from the Genessee Sheriff’s Office states that there was “bullying” in the class, and some members had struggled to work together.
“It’s not a crime to think about hurting someone. It only becomes a crime when you take action on that thought,” Deputy Sheriff Jerome Brewster told reporters.
He added that the case of the 9-year-old girls plotting to murder their teacher could only go to family court, if a felony or a misdemeanor crime was suspected.
Elba Central School District Superintendent Jerome Piwko released a statement about the teacher murder plot.
“It has been widely reported that certain fourth grade students had been discussing a way to harm a teacher at Elba Central School District. This event has been a shock to our community and school. The district cannot comment on the specifics of this event, including discipline, as the information is protected from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It is important to note that no one was injured or actually placed in harm’s way. The District does not condone any of the behaviors that have been reported and is in the process of working alongside the Sheriff’s Department to use this incident as a vehicle for educating the District’s students regarding appropriate behaviors.”
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