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Girls try to poison their teacher with strawberry lip gloss, police say

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 30, 2007 at 2:48 pm with No Comments »
March 30, 2007 2:48 pm

Yikes! This story is all over the place in the Seattle media. It’s shocking enough that we wanted to post the AP version here.

Students accused of poisoning Bainbridge Island teacher

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) – A pair of 12-year-old girls have been accused of sickening their highly allergic teacher by putting strawberry lip gloss on her coffee cup and water bottle, police said Friday.

The two girls were arrested Thursday after allegedly admitting they tried to poison the teacher, police said.

The girls allegedly told police they didn’t want to attend the teacher’s class after of them one forgot to bring a signed progress report from her parent.

Their 58-year-old teacher became ill after drinking from the cup and bottle, and had to take medication to treat her reaction. School officials in this island community across Puget Sound from Seattle did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the teacher’s condition Friday.

It was widely known at Sakai Intermediate School that the teacher was extremely allergic to strawberries, Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan said.

“The girls apparently discussed using real strawberries or a synthetic version, but they decided that if they used real strawberries, it would probably kill her,” Duncan said.

“This is 12-year-old thinking at its best,” he said.

The girls were taken to the Kitsap County juvenile detention facility in Port Orchard, where they were expected to be arraigned on possible charges of second-degree assault, Duncan said.

The girls’ names were not released because they are juveniles. The teacher was not identified, Duncan said, because the police department does not publicly name crime victims.

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