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Spurred on by embarrassment, a 13-year-old Florida middle school student has been arrested after word got out that he was involved in an incident that had transformed his lucid teacher into a nauseated, drowsy, drugged teacher.
That's right--with the help of prescription sleep aids, the teen managed to knock teacher Danielle Jones off her feet.
And now he's facing felony charges.
The unnamed teen, a student at Discovery Intermediate in Osceola County, was upset after Danielle Jones scolded him for his disruptive behavior, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He told investigators that he knew he was acting "stupid" during class.
Despite this, he took his prescription Clonidine, which is designed to decrease heart rate, and placed it in her coffee before class. The 3 other students who witnessed his actions spread the word, which eventually landed on the principal's desk.
When asked why he did it, WFTV reports that he told officers that he "takes the pills to go to sleep and he wanted her to go to sleep."
One drugged teacher later, and the teen is being held in the local juvenile detention facility, and, according to the Orlando Sentinel, facing first-degree felony charges for poisoning food with the intent to injure.
This is one of those situations where it's quite possible that the child will be tried as an adult, even though he is only 13.
Crimes that rise to the level of a felony are generally considered serious enough to warrant a waiver (or transfer) into adult court, particularly because he could have seriously injured the teacher, who was luckily unharmed beyond mild symptoms.
Additionally, his statements indicate that he knew that his actions would lead to a drugged teacher, and that Danielle Jones could have been hurt.
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