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Carroll high schooler admits spiking girl’s water bottle with hand sanitizer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A Carroll High School student admitted to a police officer that he put hand sanitizer in a classmate's water bottle.

The girl's mother posted about it on social media, saying her daughter had to be treated in the emergency room.

"We don't take any threats lightly, we don't take any incidents lightly. We jump on it, we respond quickly," Lizette Downey said.

Northwest Allen County Schools' spokeswoman Downey says the incident happened last Thursday.

A 14-year-old Carroll high schooler began drinking from the water bottle she'd left in a class while she did some school work in a hallway.

She told the school resource officer she thought it tasted funny, but thought it might be soap from when the bottle was washed.

According to the National Poison Control Center, ingesting hand sanitizer can lead to intoxication and even a coma because it can drastically lower blood sugar levels.

The girl said she confronted a boy in her class she jokes around with, and that he told her he put hand sanitizer and candy wrappers in her opaque water bottle as a prank.

The girl was taken to the school nurse and her mother took her home.

Later on, the mother posted in a Northwest Allen County Schools parents Facebook page saying they were in the emergency room, and that her daughter was "basically drunk on ethanol and shaking uncontrollably."

According to the National Poison Control Center, ingesting hand sanitizer can lead to intoxication and even a coma because it can drastically lower blood sugar levels.

"In a situation where someone's safety might be in jeopardy or impaired, we absolutely will first and foremost make sure that the student's well being and safety is taken care of and addressed," Downey said.

A uniformed sheriff's deputy working as the school resource officer talked with the girl, then the boy in question, who reportedly admitted putting candy wrappers and three pumps of hand sanitizer in the girl's water bottle.

The officer's report says, "I do not feel (the boy) had any ill intent with his actions. He was very remorseful and apologetic when speaking with me, and he said that he did not think about the possible outcomes when he did it."

Citing a federal student privacy act, Downey says she couldn't comment on this specific case, but wants to assure parents that the boy has been disciplined.

"It is appropriate action and consequence based on the behaviors that were at play," Downey said.

The girl's mother told us she wasn't ready yet to talk about what happened, and that the family was evaluating their next steps

The mother told us her daughter is doing better.

In the mother's Facebook post, she urged parents to talk with their kids about how serious it can be to interfere with someone's food or drinks.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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