Two middle school students who have not been named, are facing felony charges for allegedly spiking their teacher’s drink with hand sanitizer in Newport News, Va. This had been going on for over a course of two to three months. The two 13-year-old male students, were removed from Hines Middle School and placed in an alternative school after the school’s resource officer received a tip and reported it to the police. On March 6, the two teens were each charged with one count of attempted poisoning, a class three felony.
The 66-year-old teacher was unaware that anything had been put in her tea until she was told, and missed a few days of teaching when she went to see her doctor. There was not any serious harm done and she is now back at school teaching.
A class three felony has a punishment of no less than five years and no more than 20 years in prison with a fine of no more than $100,000 in Virginia, according to police. It is unknown how the teens plan to plead. The Newport News juvenile court does not share information pertaining to juveniles.
Contributor to this story is Kwanet Young, Radio One Richmond intern from Virginia Union University