Powell, Ohio – Several middle school students are accused of having put bodily fluids on crepes they served to their teachers during a cooking competition.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was investigating after a video of the preparation of the tainted food that was given to the school resource officer at Olentangy Hyatts Middle School on May 17, according to WSYX.
The competition was part of a “Global Gourmet” class for 14 and 15-year-old students.
Police said as many as eight students gave five teachers crepes that had semen and urine mixed into them, WSYX reported.
Samples of the food have been sent to the state’s crime lab for analysis.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Tracy Whited said it was school officials who contacted the authorities on the same day the incident occurred, according to USA Today.
Whited said that if the students did put bodily fluids in the teacher’s food, they could face felony assault charges.
The Olentangy School District has refused to do any on-camera interviews about the incident but released a written statement to the news media.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is of utmost importance,” the statement said. “District leadership and local law enforcement are conducting a thorough investigation into this incident, and anyone found in violation of school policies will be held accountable for their actions. We are also focusing our efforts to support the teachers impacted by this incident.”
An attorney for one of the students said he thinks it’s a stretch to charge the students with assault just because they were accused of feeding teachers urine and semen, and said it was more likely they could face disorderly conduct charges.
“Prosecutors are going to have to stretch the assault statute to fit these allegations,” attorney Brad Koffel said, according to WSYX.
Koffel has alleged that the video was staged as a prank and said people should use caution in forming a judgment about the students.
It "easily could have been a prank that may have been mocked up for the purposes of creating a video,” he told WBNS.