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5th Graders Plot To Poison Teacher

Posted: Updated: Feb 24, 2012 10:57 PM PST
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Fresno Unified School District officials confirm three 5th grade students are accused of putting rat poison in their teacher's coffee.

Fortunately, she did not drink it.

The plot took place at Balderas Elementary in Southeast Fresno. The plot took place back in December, but it was only on Friday afternoon that it was made public.

All three students who plotted to poison their teacher have now been suspended by district officials, and transferred to another school.

Parent, Chris Humphrey couldn't believe two boys and girl, ages 10 and 11 years old, could even consider harming their teacher.

Police say thankfully one of the kids knocked the cup of coffee over, after having a change of heart.

Fresno Police Lt. Mark Salazar says, "You hear sometimes of kids bringing knives to school, but you don't hear the rat poison angle, especially at the elementary school."

Fresno Unified District spokeswoman Susan Bedi released a statement saying, "When the district became aware of the these allegations it acted swiftly to take appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved... The district approaches any actions that threaten the safety of its employees - or students - with diligence and care."

While holding a box of rat poison, Fresno Teachers Association President Greg Gadams claims the district only alerted the association after a parent sought praise from the principal for their child saving the life of the teacher.

Gadams says this is the latest example of dangerous conditions that exist in Fresno Unified because the district isn't consistent when disciplining students.

Fresno Teachers Association President Greg Gadams says, "There should be some kind of legal charges filed against them, because if there is not, as they move up in the school system there will really be no record of anything that happened."

Fresno detectives hope to wrap up their investigation by next week.

But ultimately it will be up to the District Attorney's Office to bring charges, or not.

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