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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Jr. High Student Arrested After Allegedly Poisoning Teacher's Drink

October 27, 2006 - Posted at 5:48 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Student pranks on faculty have gone way beyond merely putting a tack in the teacher's chair.  An eighth grade Nettleton student was taken away from school in handcuffs yesterday after what administrator say was a "dare" that went too far.

When her teacher left the room, a 13-year-old female eighth grade student at Nettleton Jr. High put dry erase board cleaner in his drink.

"The student did not have any known problems with the teacher, she was not mad at the teacher.  It was just merely what she, I believe thought was a prank which just had more serious consequences then she realized," said Nettleton Jr. High Principle Grace Petersen.

The student was brought to the office and questioned by the school resource officer.  She was then arrested and removed from the premises.  The teacher was taken to a local hospital, and checked out fine.

"The teacher had replaced the board cleaner with rubbing alcohol so it was alcohol that was in the bottle, instead of board cleaner," said Petersen.

Petersen says the school takes all actions against their staff seriously, whether the intent is malicious or not.

"We feel that it was probably a prank, it was not maliciously done, possibly done on a dare by other students," said Petersen, "We take these kinds of acts seriously and these are things that we have to turn over to our SRO and they have to be turned over to the legal system."

The school is still deciding what disciplinary actions they will take against the student.  She faces second degree felony charges of assault.

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