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Fourth-grade boys accused of trying to poison their teacher

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(CNN) — Two New York City fourth-graders were arrested Tuesday after allegedly putting poison in a teacher’s water bottle, police said.

The two boys, ages 9 and 12, allegedly poisoned the teacher’s water Monday afternoon, causing her to feel nauseated the next day. She was treated by her doctor and is now in good condition, said Sgt. John Buthorn of the New York City Police Department.

The poison is being tested in a lab to determine its content, but it appears to be rat poison, police said.

According to the NYPD, both boys have been charged with attempted second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police told CNN that the incident occurred at P.S. 315 in Brooklyn. The public school, also known as the School of Performing Arts, serves 849 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the school’s website.

Neither the school nor the New York City Department of Education has responded to CNN’s request for comment.


  • Richy Rich

    Clint Eastwood…..HANG `EM HIGH……..or charge them as adults and send them to Juvenile Prison till they are 21 then, after they are 21 put them in adult prison for life…..they knew what they were doing……lock them up and throw away the key!!

  • Josh

    “Criminal possession of a weapon?” I do not know US law, but how can rat poison be considered criminal “possession” of a weapon?

    1. It is not a weapon, at most it could be called an illegal substance, like heroin, but it’s not illegal. Anthrax IS a weapon, for instance…

    2. If a 4th grader isn’t allowed to buy it because he/she is under age, then he can’t be criminally prosecuted for… The same exact reason.

    Humans have a tendency for evil, since we are an “evil” race. When we are young, we are yet untamed, thus our evil tendencies have a greater probability of showing up. If our behaviour is not carefully checked by our parents or, worse, is reinforced by their misconduct, then we are truly brought up to our evil potential. We are also imitators, all it takes for a bunch of kids to show their evil potential is ONE kid among them with the seeds of evil already flourishing.

    Note that it is as evil to poison your teacher as a child than, at an older age, manipulate accounting at a big corporation, ultimately bankrupting it, casting thousands into unemployment, hundreds into bankrupcy and hurting lots of families, even causing countless deaths for several reasons, while keeping the big bonuses to himself…

    Now, all of this, assuming the teacher was a normal or even kind teacher…

    But now, suppose the teacher was the “”evil”” type, that could be considered a mitigating circumstance in this case. On the other hand, no mitigation could be considered for a corrupt and greedy CEO, to hell with him, stuck on a pole and let him burn for all eternity…

    Therefore a corrupt and greedy CEO is just a serial killer who gets away, again and again, with legal murder…

    Do not let evil grow unchecked… Look for the source, and dry it…

  • Austin

    Wait, I don’t seem to remember exactly how old a 4th grader is, but I do know it shouldn’t be 12 unless that kid must really love being held back a few times.

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