Teens Admit to Poisoning Teacher with Hand Sanitizer

Two middle school students are charged with spiking their teacher's tea.
2:17 | 03/29/13

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Dan abrams, thanks very much. Now we'll turn to that shocking case in virginia where two middle school students are charged with trying to poison their teacher with hand sanitizer. Spiking her tea. Abc's john muller is here with that story. This is pretty unbelievable. Sure is, elizabeth. This is no school boy prank. Doctors say hand sanitizer can be deadly when ingested and that adds up to a whole lot of trouble for two teenage boys who allegedly poisoned their math teacher. This morning two virginia middle school students are facing felony charges for using hand sanitizer not for killing germs but to contaminate their teacher's tea. Jane miller has been teaching for more than 40 years and was stunned to learn that two of her 1-year-old students had been spiking her daily dose of caffeine. I was shocked and I couldn't quite process it fast enough to realize what it meant. Reporter: Police say two teenage boys confessed to putting hand sanitizer in her mug at least twice, but miller says she never even noticed it. When you're walking and teaching and, you know, you're thirsty, I just gulped. Reporter: The 66-year-old educator said she started feeling ill and didn't know why. Doctors warned that drinking hand sanitizer can be lethal. My stomach was bothering me. I just was running a low grade temperature. I was just exhausted by the time I got home and putting it all togeth together, the one I was using was 65% ethel alcohol which equates to 10 and I don't drink that much. Reporter: The v teacher says she still isn't quite sure why her students would try to poison her. A lot of children respect too keen on math and they didn't really want to be there. Reporter: While many questions still remain unanswered miller hopes her story will be a lesson for everyone. I think we need to appreciate our teachers more and to help children understand that teachers are there to help them. Now, class three felony charges carry 5 to 20-year sentences in prison. We're talking about juvenile, not adults. No word on how they pled because juvenile court does not share that information but clearly this is a serious case, indeed, elizabeth and george. Wow. All right, john. Thank you so much.

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