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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

York County PA: Police investigate alcohol hand sanitizer

Report: Someone spiked Clover teacher's tea with hand sanitizer

By Shannon Greene - The Herald
CLOVER -- She wanted to quench her thirst with a refreshing sip of tea, but a Clover Middle School teacher got a foul taste of something else instead.
The teacher had stepped away from her desk for a few moments around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 2. After returning, she drank her tea and noticed it had a "peculiar taste," according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
When the teacher looked down into her styrofoam cup, she noticed a foreign substance floating in her drink. She realized it was the hand sanitizer she keeps on her desk, the report stated.
At the time of the incident, five students were in her classroom waiting on a school bus, the report stated. The students told the assistant principal and school resource officer they didn't see anyone put anything in the teacher's drink.
The incident was reported to the sheriff's office Tuesday and police are investigating it as an assault.
A warning on Purell hand sanitizer says it should be kept out of reach of children. It contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol, and if swallowed could be poisonous.

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