Three 9-year-old girls from upstate New York are being investigated by school officials at Elba Elementary School, after a plot to kill their fourth grade teacher was exposed. The girls planned to poison the teacher with hand sanitizer, as she was “highly allergic” to the antibacterial product.
According to ABC News, the plot started back in December before Christmas break. The police report indicates that three 9-year-old students were planning to kill their fourth grade teacher because she was “mean” and “yelled” at them. The plan involved poisoning the teacher with hand sanitizer, as the students were told by the teacher earlier in the year that she was “highly allergic” to the antibacterial products.
An Elba Elementary school board official is responsible for contacting the police after she was told about the plan. The school board member was concerned after multiple parents and her own son had overheard the girls plans. The police investigation performed by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, found that the fourth grade suspects had told other students of their heinous plan.
“The suspects made comments to other students that they were going to kill [the teacher] by putting antibacterial products around the classroom.”
The plan, apparently, was to put a large amount of hand sanitizer around the classroom during winter break. The suspects then hoped the teacher would die after coming into contact with such a large amount of the product, as she had banned all hand sanitizing products from her classroom due to an extreme allergy.
The New York Daily News reports that Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department says they have little motive for the plot to kill the teacher aside from the children thinking the teacher “was mean.” Law enforcement officials interviewed the girls with their parents present to determine what might have caused the girls to want to kill the teacher. What they found was that the girls simply did not like the teacher, and thought others in the class “had a problem with her.” One of the suspects told police that the teacher “yells at us and that the class has problems with her.”
Following the police investigation, the sheriff’s department decided not to press charges. Instead, they said the plot was simple “idle chatter.” However, the case has now been handed over to the Elba Elementary School, and the school says they are taking the death threat “very seriously.” As a result of the threat, the New York Daily News reports that two of the students were suspended, but little else is known about the punishments.
What do you think about the fourth graders plot to kill their teacher with hand sanitizer? Was it “idle chatter,” or should more serious charges be pressed against the 9-year-old girls? Is suspension the proper way to handle the situation?