School Uncovers 4th Grade Plot to Poison & Kill Their Teacher

It's always rough to have a "mean" teacher. Whether it's a personality clash or kid fuming from getting in trouble over something, it's something most of us dealt with at one time or another during our childhoods, and one our kids will face someday -- if they haven't already. You know the wrong way to deal with an educator you don't like? Plot to kill the teacher.


School officials in Elba, New York, recently uncovered what can only be described as a sinister plan by fourth graders to murder their teacher. The idea was allegedly cooked up by three students, all between the ages of nine and ten.

The teacher in question is highly allergic to anti-bacterial products, so they were going to place several around the classroom in an attempt to poison and kill her.

The alleged plot hatched in December, before the school's Christmas break. A board member contacted law enforcement after hearing of the plan from other parents and her son. According the police report from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, "the suspects made comments to other students that they were going to kill [the teacher] by putting antibacterial products around the classroom."

One of the student suspects was interviewed by a youth officer, and stated that her teacher "yells at us and that the class has problems with her." Another student indicated that the idea came from another student.

Officers were also warned that this particular class has problems working together, and there have been some instances of bullying.

Ultimately, the students contradicted themselves enough that the school decided to handle the matter internally, and the Sheriff's Department is no longer involved.

If I had to guess ... the plan was probably all just a bunch of talk on the playground. It's scary that it gained so much traction that the police were involved, and I certainly hope that these kids get set straight on more appropriate ways to vent their frustration than planning a murder, but overall, it probably wasn't anything that was going to be set in motion. But these days, it seems you can never be too careful.

Do you think the kids were making a serious plan?


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