A Florida teacher, “poisoned” by three 12-year-old girls, is recovering today. The teacher is pressing charges against the students after they were accused of spiking the teacher’s soda with hot red pepper flakes. The middle school students from Volusia County were arrested Friday and taken to the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Daytona Beach, where they face felony charges of poisoning and tampering with a consumer product.
According to CBS Miami on Feb. 27, one of the 12-year-old girls was upset over being disciplined by teacher Jayne Morgan. Her two friends hatched a plot to get Morgan back – the disciplined girl brought in the red pepper seasoning, and while one friend distracted the teacher, the third girl dumped the flakes in the soda.
The teacher, 52, reportedly started choking on the mixture and experienced shortness of breath, stomach pains and a soreness of the throat that lasted over the weekend. After pouring the soda out into a cup, she discovered the flakes.
According to the IB Times, the disciplined girl was made out to be a rampant troublemaker – she faced in-school punishment because she poured glue into a classmate’s backpack and also is being investigated for her role in the theft of a school laptop.
The girls were named as Marjorie Garrido-Herrera, who brought in the red pepper flakes, and her two friends – identified as Leisy Llanes-Pupo and Cristal Tejeda-Castro.
Some are viewing the act of these girls as nothing but a harmless prank, punishable by a simple in-house school detention. Others are happy to see the girls sent to juvenile detention, calling their actions an indication of vindictive behavior against authority figures that will only likely get worse unless the authorities are involved.
The teacher, initially angered by the prank, later recanted and said she did not to see the girls arrested. “I want them to have a consequence that teaches them a lesson,” Morgan said, according to NBC News. “I did not want them to be arrested and go to jail. I love my students. They broke my heart. My career won’t be the same.”
In an apparent effort to clarify the justification behind the serious, felony charges, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office made the following statement in their charging affidavits: “It should be noted, this act was done in retaliation for the teacher upholding her duties and responsibilities as a teacher, maintaining control of her classroom and attempting to protect the other children from Marjorie’s unacceptable behavior.”
Where do you stand on this Florida teacher that was poisoned?