Teens Poison Teacher with Hand Sanitizer

In Newport News, Virginia, two middle school boys from Hines Middle School admitted poisoning their teacher by sneaking hand sanitizer into her daily cup of tea. The 13 year-old boys put hand sanitizer into their 66 year-old math teacher’s drink over the course of two to three months.

The school’s police officer received a tip that it was the suspected boys. The two boys confessed to their crime after being questioned by the police officer. The boys were charged with attempted poisoning and were forced to transfer to an alternative school. Attempted poisoning is a class-3 felony that can lead to a minimum of five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  

According to the teacher she began to feel sick and suffered stomach problems. In addition, she experienced exhaustion and low-grade temperature. The teacher has returned to school, but is still receiving medical treatment for her injuries. Officials are unsure of the boys’ motives behind poisoning their teacher.

Personal Injury

Unfortunately, stories like the one told above have been occurring commonly. Last year, three fifth-graders tried to feed their teacher rat poison. Many incidents occur where a person shows a complete disregard for safety and attempts to injure another. Legally, these types of cases are considered personal injury.
Personal injury is defined as an injury to the body, mind or emotions. However, personal injury is not always intentional – it can be unintentional, but be caused by the negligence of the party at fault. Common types of personal injury claims include:
  •          Road traffic accidents
  •          On-the-job accidents
  •          Slip and fall accidents
  •         Injury from product defects
  •          Assault claims

In the story described above, the teacher can seek damages for personal injury. The teenagers intentionally and physically harmed the teacher. Even though the offense was indirect as they put the hand sanitizer in her coffee, it is still threatening.

Personal Injury Attorney

If someone has tried to injure you or someone you love, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.

 Do not allow anyone to harm your well-being and health. There are legal consequences for their actions and you should be compensated if you have been injured emotionally or physically. Even if the person who caused the injury did so unintentionally, if the injury resulted out of negligence, you should still speak to a personalinjury attorney today.