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NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (WAVY) — Two Virginia middle school students are charged with trying to poison a teacher at the school.
According to Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston, the students are accused of putting hand sanitizer in a teacher’s drinks over the course of two or three months.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools said the school’s resource officer (SRO) was made aware of the incident Jan. 29, 2013.
The SRO alerted the teacher involved and the Newport News Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.
Price said two 13-year-old male students admitted to the act and were suspended that day.
As a result of the school’s investigation, the teens were later removed from Hines Middle School and transferred to an alternative school.
They were arrested March 6 at the alternative high school they were attending.
The parents of the students directly involved were contacted in January, Price said.
However, parents of other students say they were just notified by the school about the incident March 26.
“You hear about stuff like that on television,” parent Jessica Temple said. “You don’t hear of 13 year old kids taking it upon themselves to do something like that to another person. I don’t care if you don’t like your teacher but seriously that’s a little scary and what if they did it to student.”