A Florida teacher was poisoned by three 12-year-old girls who are now facing felony charges for a retaliation act that put their teacher in distress and caused her to get sick. Teacher Jane Morgan, 52, had sent one of the girls to the office for pouring glue in a classmates backpack and on suspicion of stealing a laptop prior to the poisoning incident.
The girl, who incorporated the help of two of her middle school friends, poured hot red pepper flakes in the teacher’s can of soda. The incident happened early last week and the girls were arrested on Friday for this crime, reports Fox News on February 28.
Police found that one of the girls distracted the teacher while the other two girls poured the hot red pepper flakes into the soda can. The teacher took a sip of the soda and instantly had trouble breathing and she felt her throat burning. The teacher then experienced stomach pain, according to The International Business Times.
The teacher took a second sip of the soda, probably thinking this would ease the burning sensation in her throat, when she realized it was the soda causing the problems. Morgan poured the soda into a clear glass and this is when she noticed the hot red pepper flakes.
School officials called the sheriff’s department and they blamed the student who was sent to the office for the prior incident of pouring glue into a classmate’s backpack. It was during the sheriffs’ office investigation when it was discovered she had accomplices .
According to Fox, “Two (girls) are charged with poisoning food or water and tampering with consumer products. The third (girl) is charged with tampering with consumer products and being a principal to poisoning food or water. All charges are felonies.”
Calling this a “poisoning” and having these girls face felony charges over pouring the red pepper flakes into the teacher’s soda is not sitting right with some folks. According to The International Business times, people who are identifying themselves as Deltonia residents, which is the town where this incident happened, are on Facebook saying this was just a prank.
Some felt this was a “harmless prank” and maybe worth at best suspension, not court proceedings. Others saw this as dangerous behavior that needs to be nipped in the bud. Targeting an authority figure at 12, could easily lead to more of this dangerous behavior as they get older.