Students Accused of Poisoning 4th Grade Teacher

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 8:51 PM PDT
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Students Accused of Poisoning 4th Grade Teacher

The 51-year-old teacher went to a police precinct and told officers she thought the poison had been put in her water bottle during class Monday at P.S. 315 (above).

Two Brooklyn boys were arrested after their fourth-grade teacher told police she thought her students put rat poison in her water during class this week, police say.

The 51-year-old teacher went to a police precinct and told officers she thought the poison had been put in her water bottle during class Monday at P.S. 315 in Flatbush, according to the NYPD.

Officials say other students apparently witnessed something being put in the teacher's water bottle. 

A 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were arrested and charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Police say authorities are conducting tests to determine what substance, if any, was put in the bottle.

The Department of Education said it is "greatly relieved the teacher is recovering."

"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," DOE spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.
 

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