EUNICE, La. – Two high school students were arrested for pouring degreaser in a teacher’s drink and posting it on Snapchat.
On May 16, 2019, an anonymous student at Eunice High School provided the Eunice Police Department with a video recording from Snapchat showing a female 17-year-old student pouring a liquid, later identified as “Krud Kutter,” into a teacher’s styrofoam cup.
Krud Kutter is a concentrated cleaner/degreaser liquid that is considered an “all purpose” cleaner.
On May 15, 2019, a Eunice High School teacher briefly stepped outside the classroom to get supplies for the students, it was at this time the 17-year-old female student poured the Krud Kutter into the teacher’s drink and the 17-year-old male student recording the incident while also looking out for the teacher’s return to the classroom, according to Chief Randy Fontenot, Eunice Police Department.
“She did take a taste of it,” Fontenot said. “She noticed a strange taste to her beverage. She discarded the rest and didn’t consume anymore. As far as we know, she did not drink or consume enough to effect her health.”
Both juvenile suspects allegedly admitted to their participation in this incident and were arrested. Both students were charged with the felony charge of mingling harmful substances.
Fontenot says the students will not be charged as adults.
“With the new law that went into effect about juveniles, this is one particular law that’s not listed in the listed violations where you can be charged as an adult,” said Fontenot.
Some viewers have asked why the teens are not facing attempted murder charges.
Fontenot said, “We know it was a harmful substance that was being mixed. As far as an intent to commit murder or inject serious bodily harm, that we don’t have any proof. We don’t believe that intent was there.”
Parents at Eunice High say whether it was a prank or not, students need to be more aware of their actions.
Crystal White said, “I can’t believe kids would actually do that. I’m glad my daughter was not a part of it.”
Mrs. Thomas told KATC, “They could have lost their life you know, drinking cleaner. I just, just can’t deal.”
This incident is still under investigation and the students are set to go before a city court judge.
The following statement was issued by the school:
We are currently working with Eunice Police Department in investigating this matter. Both students have admitted to participating in the incident and have been arrested and charged. St. Landry Parish School Board is still investigating this matter and students will be recommended for expulsion.
-Mitchell Fontenot, Principal, Eunice High School