Two Pittsburgh seventh-graders are accused of attempting to put dish soap and pieces of a scab into a batch of Rice Krispie treats made for younger students on May 10
A seventh-grade home economics class at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School had baked the goods for a group of visiting sixth-graders, KDKA reports.
“One of the students tasted the baked goods and told the teacher that it [tasted] funny, and the teacher had also tasted it and said that it didn’t taste right,” said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Eric Young.
The food was not served and authorities investigated further.
It was revealed two 13-year-old girls were allegedly responsible for contaminating the snacks. The school suspended both of them. They also have also been charged with disorderly conduct.
Both the girls have since apologized.
“I don’t know their [the girls’] intentions. I’m guessing they just thought it was funny because all the group of people that were there, they’re all friends. So, it wasn’t like they were trying to taunt anybody. It was just something not nice to do and they did it,” explained Young.
“They were sorry for their actions,” he added.
This is not the first time contaminated Rice Krispies Treats have captured national attention.
A video released in March features a man urinating into Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats production line, The Huffington Post reports.
“We’re outraged and disgusted,” the company said repeatedly. “Internal and criminal investigations are underway. We’ll post more info as it’s available.”
Paul Norman, president of Kellogg North America, also issued a statement: “[We are] working closely with the authorities to identify the individual, fire him if he still works at the plant and prosecute him to the full extent of the law.”
The company said customers should not worry about its products, saying, "It is important to note that any products that could be potentially impacted would be very limited and past their expiration dates. These potentially impacted products include Rice Krispie Treats, granola clusters used in a couple of products, and a few other puffed rice treats that we no longer make.”