3 FL girls charged with spiking teacher's drink

Posted at 8:02 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 08:42:28-05

Three Florida middle school students are facing criminal charges after allegedly spiking their teacher's drink last Thursday.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted details about the incident on their Facebook page

Deputies arrested three 12-year-old girls after an alleged revenge plot to spike their teacher's soda with crushed red pepper. The sheriff's office said the three girls executed the plan in tandem, with one girl distracting the teacher as the other two secured the soda and poured the spice into the opening. 

Per the report, the teacher immediately began choking and experiencing "shortness of breath" after taking a drink. A second drink prompted her to pour out the soda into a clear plastic cup, revealing the crushed red pepper flakes.

The three girls face a combination of charges, including poisoning food or water and tampering with consumer products -- both of which are felonies. 

According to sheriff's office investigators, one of the teens was retaliating after the teacher sent her to the principal's office. The teacher accused her of dumping glue in another student's backpack, and also had suspicion that the girl stole a laptop.

It's likely the three students will soon be headed to Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Daytona Beach, according to the report.