Three nine-year-old girls from the Elba Central School in Batavia, New York, allegedly plotted to kill their teacher, according to a report from The Daily Mail. The group of girls shared the same 4th grade class, and allegedly spoke to classmates about their plan before the winter break.
Word of the plan made its way to some parents and up to some members of the school administration, and finally a member of the school board called police—believing the threat to be of real concern.
The Genessee County Sheriff’s Office conducted interviews with the students implicated in the plot, and discovered that the girls were motivated because they thought their teacher was mean. One student told the officers that the teacher “yells at us and that the class has problems with her,” according to a report from WGRZ.
The girls’ plan was to expose their teacher to anti-bacterial solutions—such as hand sanitizer—because she has a severe allergy to them. They allegedly intended to wipe down surfaces that she commonly came in contact with around the classroom, in the hope of killing her.
Despite the threat, the Sheriff’s Department is no longer involved in the case and the responsibility of punishment has been left to the discretion of the school.
Elba Superintendent Jerome Piwko released the following statement:
“It has been widely reported that certain fourth grade students had been discussing a way to harm a teacher in the Elba Central School District. This event has been a shock to our community and school. The District cannot comment on the specifics of this event, including disicipline, as the information is protected from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The reports in the media and on social media do not accurately reflect the entire event.
As soon as the District was made aware of the students’ discussion it called in students that were thought to have knowledge of the discussions. After the students were interviewed, the District contacted the Sheriff’s Department and cooperated with the Sheriff’s Deputies in their investigation of the matter. The Sheriff’s Department concluded that no crime had been committed and the matter was turned back over to the District. The District in turn has worked with the parents and students involved to address this issue. 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.”