CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (NBC) - Two elementary school students in Cherokee County, Georgia are charged with trying to poison their teacher. School police arrested the two sixth grade girls after an investigation found they put something in their teachers drink.
News of the incident at Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock caught some parents by surprise. "I'm very shocked that I haven't heard anything about it yet," said one parent who identified herself as Linda.
Other parents like Kelly Bronkhorst found it hard to believe. "I can't imagine that any of our sixth grade students here at Johnston would do anything like that," she said.
But a Cherokee County School Police incident report said the two sixth grade girls put something in their teachers drink twice. According to the report "Cherokee County School Administrators at Johnston Elementary were made aware of a possible incident that involved two students who had allegedly poured or sprayed a foreign substance into a beverage container of one of their teachers."
The report further stated "The incident occurred on February 9 and 10, 2010."
A spokesperson for the Cherokee County School District said he didn't know what the girls put in the teachers drink. Mike McGowan, Director of Public Information said that was part of the investigation.
In a statement, McGowan said "It is our standard operating procedure not to discuss details of an active, ongoing criminal investigation."
McGowan could not say whether the female teacher drank the tainted liquid. He did say the teacher was not harmed.
McGowan said the two female students will likely face disciplinary action. He cited the Student/Parent Handbook and Discipline Code for "Action That Endangers an Employee." It describes the act as "Any disturbance or act that endangers the well-being of any school employee." According to the code it is punishable by an immediate suspension for 1-9 school days.
According to the incident report the two girls were released to their parents. They are charged criminally with Reckless Conduct, a misdemeanor.
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