Crime

Boys Allegedly Poisoned Teacher’s Water ‘To See What The Reaction Would Be’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Two Brooklyn boys, ages 9 and 12, allegedly put rat poison into their elementary school teacher’s water bottle.

The two students from Public School 315 in Flatbush were charged with reckless endangerment, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, after a student who witnessed the alleged poisoning told her mother after school.

The teacher who drank from the poisoned bottle, Johanna Cherepany, is reportedly recovering after seeking medical care on Monday.

Cherepany, 62, was not seriously injured by the poison, the New York Post reported.

"My understanding is the 9-year-old wanted to see what the reaction would be," NYPD Police Commissioner William. J. Bratton told the New York Times. "God knows where kids get these ideas."

Bratton said only a “small amount” of poison was used.

“Ensuring the safety of our entire school community is our priority, and while this matter is still under investigation, we will take swift and appropriate action,” Devora Kaye, a New York City Education Department spokeswoman, said in a statement.

“We are greatly relieved that the teacher is recovering and we continue to closely monitor this situation,” school spokeswoman Marge Feinberg told The Post.

Sources: New York Times, New York Post