Boy, 13, charged with drugging teacher’s coffee with sleeping pill ‘after she yelled at him in class’

May 23rd, 2011 by Staff — A middle school student in southern Florida is facing a felony charge of poisoning after he allegedly drugged his teacher’s coffee with a blood pressure medication pill.

Authorities in Kissimmee say that when police interviewed the boy, he told he put one of his prescription Clonidine pills into the drink because the teacher yelled at him in class.

Some students at Discovery Intermediate School said they saw the student trying to drug their teacher, investigators said.

The boy allegedly said he wanted her to go to sleep.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said deputies booked the 13-year-old student, whose name was not released, into a juvenile detention center without bond after he admitted Monday to dropping a 0.2mg pill of the medication into Danielle Jones’s coffee.

Clonidine is a drug that is used by people with insomnia, ADHD and high blood pressure.

The pill’s side effects are pretty much what the teacher experienced, investigators said.

Miss Lizaswuain said: ‘She was dizzy. She felt nauseated. She was sleepy, groggy and at that point she did not know what happened.
‘She stayed at school the majority of the day, but someone did drive her home.’

The teacher said she started hearing rumours she had been drugged.

She then emailed the dean with three possible culprits. Those three, Miss Lizaswuain said, quickly became one.

Miss Lizaswuain added: ‘Some of the students witnessed this student commit this act and, after further investigation, he was charged with a first-degree felony.’

The exact charge is poisoning with the intent to injure.

Miss Jones plans to press charges against him, investigators said.

Clonidine is mainly used to treat high blood pressure. It decreases the body’s heart rate and relaxes the blood vessels so blood can flow more easily through the body.

The boy, who lives in Poinciana, told police he takes the drug to go to sleep, reports.

Adam Rivera, 15, a student at the school who knows the boy, said: ‘He should have just gone to the principal.

‘He does mostly what he wants. The teacher is not that strict.’

The boy is spending the weekend at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Centre and is scheduled for a hearing on Monday.

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