A “despicable” nursery teacher has been sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children in a revenge plot – with one victim dying.

Wang Yun put sodium nitrite in the morning porridge of her colleague's pupils after the two teachers fell out over “student management issues”.

At the time, it was reported 23 youngsters at the kindergarten in Jiaozuo, China, began throwing up and fainting after eating their breakfast.

They were taken to hospital after the incident on March 27 last year.

The authorities later discovered 25 children had been poisoned.

One victim died in January after spending 10 months in hospital while 23 suffered minor injuries.

Police began an investigation after claims the students had been poisoned by the teacher, the BBC reports.

A court in Jiaozuo handed her a death sentence on Monday, which will be carried out by lethal injection or by firing squad.

Although sodium nitrite can be used as a food preservative for curing meat, it can be toxic in high amounts and possibly fatal.

In a statement, the court described her as "despicable and vicious”.

It said she clearly knew it could be used as a deadly poison and that she deliberately tried to conceal her crime, according to reports.

The court added that “the consequences of her crimes were extremely serious, and she deserves to be severely punished”.

And it revealed it was not the first occasion the teacher had poisoned people.

She had previously poisoned her husband back in 2017 by putting sodium nitrate, which she bought online, in his cup after an argument.

He suffered from minor injuries after drinking the water.

According to reports last year, more than 20 pupils were discharged from hospital after recovering on April 1.

One parent told the Beijing Times: "The kids said the porridge tasted salty.”

China refuses to admit how many people it executes each year.

But human rights groups believe the annual number is in the thousands.

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