Three fourth-grade elementary school girls from Elba, New York, have been accused of plotting to kill their teacher with hand sanitizer.
The students allegedly plotted to put the substance on items they knew their teacher would touch after they learned that she was severely allergic to antibacterial sanitizer. The girls reportedly told their classmates that they were going to “kill” their teacher.
Asked why they wanted to harm their teacher, the students reportedly told youth officers from Genesee County Sheriff’s Department that the teacher “yells” at the students and that “the class has problems with her.”
The children were unable to carry out their attack on their teacher after another student not directly involved in the scheme reported it to his mother.
While the girls won’t face any legal repercussions for their plan, they were reportedly suspended, and the Sheriff’s Department handed the case over to the Elba Central School District.
Although the district could not provide details on the plot because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, it did confirm reports of the planned attack and said that “it is important to note that no one was injured or actually placed in harm’s way.”
“The District does not condone any of the behaviors that have been reported and is in the process of working alongside the Sheriff’s Department to use this incident as a vehicle for educating the District’s students regarding appropriate behaviors,” said a statement.