Elementary School Students Accused of Poisoning Teacher's Water

poisoned waterPlease, please tell me this is NOT some new twisted and potentially deadly trend. For the second time in one month, elementary school kids have been caught attempting to poison their teachers.

A couple of weeks ago in England, a group of students were caught trying to poison their teacher. And a couple of years ago, three fifth graders tried to poison their teacher.

This time the children -- from Brooklyn, New York -- are just 9 and 12 years old! For their deed they used something that they could easily get their hands on. 

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The two kids used rat poison. Authorities stated that the kids got a hold of the teacher's water bottle and added the potentially deadly substance, which she then drank. The teacher began to have symptoms from the poisoning and went to the hospital where she was treated.

One of the other kids in class told their parents about the poisoning, and they, wisely, alerted the authorities. The children were arrested and are being charged with "attempted assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon (rat poison pellets)."

The Department of Education released a statement saying:

We are greatly relieved that the teacher is recovering and we continue to closely monitor this situation. 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.

There was a time when teaching was considered an extremely safe profession, but with school shootings, classroom violence, and now the potential of being poisoned, it's starting to look like a much more dangerous career.

Do you think teaching is becoming more dangerous these days?


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