FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Two boys have been arrested on suspicion of poisoning their teacher, police said Tuesday.
The students – ages 9 and 12 – were arrested after allegedly putting pellets of rat poison in their teacher’s water bottle, according to the NYPD.
The educator at PS 315 in Flatbush drank from the poisoned bottle and became sick. She was taken to a hospital, treated and released, police said.
A third student, who was not part of the poisoning, either saw or overheard the boys talking about their plot. That student went home and told their mother, who reported it to the school.
It was then that rat poison pellets were found in one the boy’s backpacks by a school official, who then alerted authorities.
The young boys face charges of attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD said.
The school issued the following statement Wednesday:
“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.”
PIX11’s Virginia Feinman contributed to this report.