Fla. teen tried to poison teacher with chalk

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - "The student violated the law and tried to harm the teacher," said Linda Cobbe with Pasco County Schools.

Early Tuesday morning, Pasco deputies arrested a 13-year-old girl at Achieve Center of Pasco and charged her with a felony for trying to poison her teacher last Friday.

"This young woman was not happy with her teacher and had stated to another student that she did not like this teacher," said Cobbe.

According to the arrest report, the 13-year-old took chalk from a sidewalk art project, crushed it and placed it in the teacher's drink.

"She distracted the teacher, pointed at something across the room and engaged her in a conversation and while she did that she put the crushed up chalk in the coffee cup," Cobbe said.

The school is one of two in the county for students with emotional and behavioral issues.

Cobbe said "They are from across the county they have been identified by traditional schools to be place in this setting."

With a number of disciplinary issues already plaguing the Achieve Center of Pasco this year, district officials are touring the school Wednesday trying to find solutions to the problems.

10News WTSP tried contacting the girl's mother, but there was no answer at her home. 10News also called her and was hung up on.

"It can be dangerous; it could cause illness," said Cobbe.

But, luckily because of another student who warned the teacher, the drink was never consumed.

"Extremely grateful. I think it's a situation where that student needs to be recognized for doing the right thing," said Cobbe.

Because of the severity of the charges the girl faces expulsion for up to one year.

The 13-year-old girl is being held without bond and would be allowed a hearing to attempt to get back in school.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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