Two students at P.S. 315 in Brooklyn were charged after putting poison in their teacher’s water bottle on Monday, CNN reported on May 21. The two boys ages 9 and 12 were caught by another student placing a substance inside of the teacher's bottle of water.
The students, who have not been identified due to their minor status, were arrested and charged with attempted second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. The boys are being held at a juvenile detention center.
The 62 year-old teacher who has not been identified, ingested some of the tainted water and felt sick and nauseous the next day. She was tested and treated and it was discovered by doctors that the chemicals found in her body were consistent with rat poison.
Another teacher who chose not to be identified claimed she notified the school when she noticed her water had a cloudy grey tint to it. The school did not investigate or make any attempts to act on the incident.
CBS News reporters spoke with parents outside of the elementary school who were unaware of the incident that took place on Monday. Parents were concerned that their children or anyone else who left food or drinks unattended could have been affected.
The Department of Education issued 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.”
The matter is still under investigation and the cause for the two boys trying to kill their teacher is unknown. The teacher kept the water bottle in question and is currently being tested. According to police the teacher is recovering but there has been no word on when and if the teacher will return to P.S 315.