ELBA, N.Y. (WTNH)– Two 9-year-old students were suspended in upstate New York for plotting to kill their teacher with hand sanitizer.
The New York Daily News reports that the elementary school students in Elba, a small town between Buffalo and Rochester, were planning to put the antibacterial product around the classroom right before winter break. Their teacher is highly allergic to hand sanitizer and banned it from her classroom so the plan was to poison her with it.
Police told the Daily News that they found little motive other than that the students said the teacher is “mean.” Police say they consider the plot “idle chatter” and while the school district says they are treating the threat very seriously, the student were not officially charged with a crime.
Two of the student have been suspended. The identities of the students and the teacher are not being revealed at this time.