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Fifth Graders Suspended for Putting Rat Poison in Teacher’s Coffee

Hemera/iStockpoto/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A group of three California elementary school students are facing expulsion for attempting to poison their fifth-grade teacher with rat poison.

The students at Balderas Elementary, ages 10 and 11, put rat poison in their teacher’s cup of coffee last December. Before the teacher drank any, the student who put the poison in had a change of heart, knocking over the coffee during class, Fresno Unified School District PIO Susan Bedi told ABC News.

At home that day, that student told his parents that he had saved a teacher’s life, leaving out the details, Bedi said.

This month, while waiting for the child at the end of the school day, the student’s parent asked an administrator at school if the teacher was doing O.K. From there, the story unfolded.

Eventually, all three students admitted involvement, although it still isn’t clear why they did it, and the school district took disciplinary action.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for violence, and the students are currently in the process of suspension, with a recommendation for expulsion,” Bedi said. “They will not be returning to that school.”

No criminal charges have been filed against the students by the Fresno Police Department, ABC’s Fresno affiliate KFSN reports.

There were some reports that a cupcake had also been poisoned and given to the teacher, but Bedi says there is no evidence to support that.

The Fresno Teachers Association released a statement saying they appreciate the swift action by the school district, but that this case is indicative of a larger problem in the city’s schools.

“This is but the latest example of the dangerous conditions that exist in Fresno Unified due to inconsistent enforcement of discipline and lack of consequences for students daily,” FTA President Greg Gadams said. “Something has to be done and this is a prime place to start insuring teacher safety and student accountability.”

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California School Children Okay After Consuming Rat Poison

Photo Courtesy - KGO-TV San Francisco(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Seven students at a California middle school were hospitalized Thursday after accidentally eating rat poison.

The children at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in San Francsico thought the poison was a type of candy or cookies, according to ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday the students were treated at area hospitals and are expected to be okay.

"The first two swallowed some, the second two chewed and spit it out, the third two licked it and the fourth slightly licked it," San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Thompson said.

Bromadiolone, the type of poison in question, is non-toxic to humans, particularly when consumed in small amounts.

The children reportedly found the pellets atop a classroom cabinet.

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Indiana Woman Allegedly Took Rat Poison, Then Delivered Baby Who Died Days after Birth

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- An Indiana woman is in a psychiatric ward after allegedly eating rat poison a week before her newborn daughter died.

"She is considered a suspect in the death of her daughter," Indianapolis Police Department spokesman Kendale Adams said Tuesday.

Charges have yet to be filed.

Bei Bei Shuai, 34, took the rat poison last month while pregnant, police said. After telling friends about the poison, she was rushed to St. John's Hospital in Anderson Dec. 23, according to a police report. Police do not know how far along Shuai was in her pregnancy.

Shuai was then transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she gave birth to her daughter, Angel Shuai, on New Year's Eve. The girl died Sunday at about 1:30 a.m., and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Both child protective services and police are investigating the baby's death. Child Protective Services was notified about the poisoning after the woman transferred hospitals, Adams said.

Police were not made aware of the details until a coroner notified police that the baby had died of poisoning.

Police said they are still investigating whether she intended to kill herself or the baby.

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