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article imageTeens allegedly tried to poison teacher with sanitizer

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 28, 2013 in Crime
Newport News - Two teens in Virginia are currently under investigation after it was alleged they tried to poison their teacher. The students have been arrested and reportedly admitted to the crime.
Two 13-year-old students have been arrested for allegedly trying to poison a teacher. The pair has been accused of putting hand sanitizer in a teacher's drinks over a two or three-month time frame, reported Fox News.
KVUE reported the teacher routinely drinks tea.
According to WAVY News, the incident occurred at the Hines Middle School in Newport News, Virginia. School authorities became aware of the alleged poisoning on Jan. 29, 2013 after receiving a tip. The students admitted what they had done, were suspended and subsequently transferred to an alternative school.
"An investigation was started by the administrators at Hines," Michelle Price, a spokesperson for Newport News Public Schools, told ABC News. "This usually involves interviewing students involved, and the ones who came forward, and talking to the teacher. The students did then confess to putting some hand sanitizer in the teacher's beverage."
An arrest occurred on March 6. The two male students now face felony charges of attempted poisoning.
Parents of students attending Hines Middle School were notified of the incident on March 26. Many expressed shock at what allegedly occurred.
"You hear about stuff like that on television," parent Jessica Temple said, reported WAVY. "You don't hear of 13 year old kids taking it upon themselves to do something like that to another person. I don't care if you don't like your teacher but seriously that's a little scary and what if they did it to student."
The teacher, who has not been identified, except as a 66-year-old female from Hampton, Va., reportedly had stomach pains, but had not been hospitalized after seeing doctors about her ailment.
Reportedly, the teacher is back in the classroom teaching.
If found guilty of charges, the teens could face 5 - 20 years in prison and a fine no more than $100,000.
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