Police arrested two 3rd graders and a 5th grader suspected of bringing a box cutter and a knife to their Bronx elementary school on Wednesday. According to the Post, a school safety agent nabbed a 9-year-old with a box cutter inside P.S. 2 on Franklin Avenue in Morrisania at around 9:30 am. When questioned, the student ratted out his accomplices — an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old — who reportedly were plotting an assault against a faculty member.

The boys, who allegedly were also carrying spray paint, were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and criminal possession of a weapon. Students at the school, which is located just blocks from where teen Vada Vasquez was shot earlier this month, were frightened. "I'm scared to go back to school," 10-year-old Izhanee Thomas told the Daily News. "He was a nice boy. I don't know why he did it. I just know it's scary."

The Department of Education won't say whether the three boys — who were cuffed and escorted to the Spofford Juvenile Center last night — will be expelled, according to NY1. A relative of one of the adolescents criticized their treatment by police: "My grandson has been in custody for 12 hours and they did not feed him dinner. You don't treat children like this," said Melvin Mann, 59. "He's not a bad kid. He's polite and respectful. He'd been in a fight [Tuesday] and kids told him they were going to jump him. He was defending himself."