VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Three Florida students are facing charges after they allegedly poisoned their teacher by pouting hot red pepper flakes into her can of soda.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a Deltona Middle School student was angry about a punishment and retaliated. The incident happened last week and the three 12-year-old girls were arrested on Friday and locked up in juvenile detention.
The teacher, 52-year-old Jayne Morgan, sent the girl to the office for pouring glue in another student’s backpack and possibly stealing a laptop.
Officials say that student brought crushed red pepper flakes to school and poured a large amount into Morgan’s drink. When Morgan took a drink, her throat began burning and she began having trouble breathing.
Morgan took another drink before pouring it into a clear cup, which is when she noticed the pepper flakes. She had stomach pain and a scratchy throat for several hours after.
School officials knew which student was to blame, but the Sheriff’s Office found out two other students were involved.
Two students, including the one who planned it, are accused of pouring the flakes into the drink. The third student is accused of distracting the teacher during the incident.
Two are charged with poisoning food or water and tampering with consumer products. The third is charged with tampering with consumer products and being a principal to poisoning food or water. All charges are felonies.
“I want them to have a consequence that teaches them a lesson. I did not want them to be arrested and go to jail. Teachers are out there doing the best we can for students. I love my students. They broke my heart. My career won’t be the same,” Morgan told WESH.
One of the girls told investigators the original plan was to use paint in vandalizing Morgan’s car.