Crystal Lake Middle School student accused of trying to poison his teacher with hand sanitizer

Investigators said he put sanitizer in her water

LAKELAND, Fla. - A Crystal Lake Middle School student faces a felony after investigators say the teen tried to poison his teacher.

Polk County Sheriff's Office investigators said a 14-year-old went up to his teacher's desk Tuesday and squirted hand sanitizer into her water mug while she stepped out for a moment.

Other classmates saw the incident and later confirmed to deputies what the teenager did.

Investigators said when the teacher returned and sipped her water she noticed a foul taste and could smell the sanitizer.

"It's near the end of school, kids get restless, they're ready for school to get out. But we never expected one of them to try to poison their teacher on their way out the door," Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Parents outside Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland were practically speechless about the incident.

"I don't even know what to say anymore. These kids do all kinds of stupid things," said Enereida Gonzalez. "I have a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, and they know not to do something like that. So yes, I think he knows what he was doing."

ABC Action News is not identifying the teen because he's a juvenile.

When confronted, the teen suggested to deputies that some sanitizer may have accidentally ended up in her mug, but it was not intentional.

Investigators called that story "bogus" and slapped him with a felony charge of poisoning a person.

"It's serious business when you try to poison your teacher with anything," Judd said.

The Sheriff's Office said the teacher received medical attention at the hospital but is doing fine.

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