Middle school students accused of poisoning teacher after putting pepper flakes in her soda

Photo illustration: WESH

DELTONA, Fla. (WCMH)–Three 12-year-old Florida girls are facing criminal charges for allegedly spiking their teacher’s soda with red pepper flakes, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office told NBC affiliate WESH that the girls were arrested Friday.

The teacher reportedly referred one of her students to the principal’s office last Monday for dumping glue into another student’s backpack. The student was also suspected of stealing a laptop. Officials say she started planning how to get back at the teacher and came up with the idea of putting something in her drink.

Two other students were involved, WESH reported. 

Last Tuesday, the first student allegedly got some red pepper flakes from her home and brought them to school. During second period, the girl reportedly took the teacher’s can of soda and took it back to her desk. She allegedly handed it to another student, who dumped the red pepper flakes in. The first girl then put the soda back on the teacher’s desk.

A third student allegedly distracted the teacher.

Officials say the teacher’s throat immediately became hot and scratchy and she began to choke after taking a sip of the drink. After taking a second sip, the teacher poured the soda out and found the red pepper flakes.

Officials say she had a sore, scratchy throat and stomach pains that lasted into the evening.

The first two students are being charged with poisoning food or water and tampering with consumer products. The third student is being charged with tampering with consumer products and being a principal to poisoning food or water.

All charges are felony offenses.

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