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Lee teacher sickened after drinking soda he says students laced with cleaner

Posted March 31

— A teacher at East Lee Middle School was sickened earlier this week after two students allegedly tampered with his soda.

Jeffrey Jennings, a seventh-grade science teacher, became nauseated during the middle of one of his classes Tuesday, according to his wife, Marie Jennings. The nausea was later accompanied by a headache that forced him to leave school and go to an urgent care center, she said.

"The headache and the nauseousness was the worst thing, and then later that evening, he had the abdominal pain, which he ended up at Moore Regional (Hospital) the next day for," Marie Jennings said.

Lee County Schools policy prohibits Jeffrey Jennings from talking with the media.

Another teacher told Jeffrey Jennings that some students had told her two students put dry-erase board cleaner in his soda while he wasn't looking, Marie Jennings said.

"They had actually taken it off the desk, opened the cap, poured the expo cleaner, put the cap back on and put it back on his desk," she said.

Three days later, he's still feeling ill effects, as well as worrying about going back to class, his wife said.

"He has to go back and face these kids every day," she said.

Marie Jennings both she and her husband want the students behind the alleged tampering to be punished by the school and authorities.

"If these two kids don't face any kind of accountability, is someone else going to try and do this to him?" she asked. "Is he going to be the teacher that 'Oh, nothing happens when you mess with him, so pretty much do what you want?' That worries me."

The school district said in a statement that administrators are aware of the alleged incident and are investigating it. However, state law precludes the district from releasing the results of the investigation or any actions taken as a result of it, they said.


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  • Janet Ghumri Apr 1, 9:23 p.m.
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    Just the thought that kids would even think of doing something so dangerous. I'm hoping that it wasn't planned in advance, that would take it to a whole new level of intent.
    It's still a whole new fear for teachers, who have a hard job already. Smh

  • NC Tom Apr 1, 5:43 p.m.
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    I see how this goes. Science class is harder than other classes, makes kids mad and they poison him.

    They didn't get a trophy for the D on the quiz

  • Sara Hauser Apr 1, 5:13 p.m.
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    I agree with William. Even though this is not an acutely toxic substance , MSDS say not to take internally. It is obvious their intention was to cause great harm.

  • Christopher Trautman Apr 1, 12:44 p.m.
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    I don't care what my employers policy is. If something like this is ever done to me, I'm going straight to the police to have them do the investigating, then to the media, then I'm taking those kids to court.

  • William Solari Apr 1, 12:40 p.m.
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    Should be charged with attempted murder!

  • Kristen Ford-Newell Apr 1, 12:00 p.m.
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    Kids today are animals....no accountability....They could have killed this teacher....I'M OFFENDED by these panty head administrators.....yet they suspend a kindergarten child for a stick...

  • Pete Knowles Apr 1, 11:53 a.m.
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    Michael, you may want to rethink that. http://www.mommygreenest.com/dangerous-chemical-dry-erase-markers/

  • Mitchell Haas Apr 1, 10:58 a.m.
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    Ummmm...dry erase cleaner is non toxic

  • Lori Coble Apr 1, 7:25 a.m.
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    Maybe he just has a bug and the kids who said something are just dramatic. I'm sure they can test for those types of things They shouldnt just take what someone says without actual evidence

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Mar 31, 9:49 p.m.
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    Karmas a B