NEWPORT NEWS -- Two students who attended Hines Middle School have been charged with attempting to poison a teacher. Both are 13 years old. They were charged on March 6th.

According to police spokesman, Lou Thurston, a school resource officer at the school received information on January 29th that a student had been putting hand sanitizer in a teacher's drinks.

Newport News Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price said the teacher drinks tea on a regular basis.

The officer went to the teacher, explained what he had been told, and began an initial investigation. The officer contacted the Newport News Special Victims Unit which also conducted a thorough investigation.

Two male students of the school were arrested as a result. Each faces a count of attempted poisoning, a Class 3 Felony.

The teacher, a 66-year-old Hampton woman, told police she was seeing her doctor regarding health concerns she had been experiencing.

Price told 13News in January, when the school division learned of the possible situation, it began its own investigation. NNPS place the student on long-term suspension. They were reassigned to Enterprise Academy, and alternative school.

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