Crime

Teacher Charged With Poisoning After Lacing Potluck With Pot

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Northern California elementary school teacher was arrested Friday for allegedly lacing a potluck meal with marijuana.

Teresa Gilmete Bager, 47, was arrested for suspicion of poisoning six weeks after other teachers from Matthew Turner Elementary School in Benicia reported feeling ill. This apparently came on the heels of an employee potluck dinner held at a private residence.

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"One of the partygoers was rushed to the hospital with severe reactions; she was hospitalized," Lt. Frank Hartig of the Benicia Police Department told CNN affiliate KPIX. "The very next morning, another partygoer was taken to the hospital, because she continued to feel like she was under the influence of something."

A 15-year-old fell ill after eating leftovers that someone brought home from the potluck, police said.

At least one attendee tested positive for THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal toxin in marijuana.

Police said Badger "allegedly confessed her involvement to individuals who were also in attendance at the party."

She is being held at Solano County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Sources: CNN, Newser