Two Brooklyn Fourth Graders Charged with Poisoning Teacher, Police Say
FLATBUSH — Two Brooklyn fourth graders were arrested after putting rat poison in their teacher’s water bottle, officials said.
The boys, 9 and 12 years old, poisoned their teacher while she was conducting a reading exercise at P.S. 315 on Glenwood Road in Flatbush Monday, police said.
Another student saw the boys put something in the teacher’s bottle and told her mother after school, sources said. The mom then called the school and the teacher brought the bottle to the principal’s office and went to her doctor.
"We are greatly relieved that the teacher is recovering and we continue to closely monitor this situation,” a Department of Education spokeswoman said. “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."
Another parent called the school on Tuesday to say her child also saw the students put something in the water bottle, a DOE spokeswoman added.
The students were charged with attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.