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Student arrested after Leesville Road High teacher sickened

Posted April 8, 2011 2:24 p.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2011 8:07 a.m. EDT

— A Leesville Road High School student was arrested Friday after police determined that a soda that sickened a teacher Thursday had been tampered with.

Cody Austin Beckett, 18, of 5205 Indigo Moon Way in Raleigh, was charged with assault on a school employee.

Roseann Marie Monteleone, a business teacher at the school, became ill after drinking from a soda can during a morning class and had to be taken to Rex Hospital for treatment, police said.

Arrest warrants state that Beckett put a chemical agent into the soda causing Monteleone to have a medical reaction causing lesions in her throat and the loss of consciousness. 

Leesville Road High Principal Scott Lyons said in a letter to parents that Monteleone was fine but needed to be evaluated by a physician.

Authorities say it appears a hand cleansing substance was put into the soda. 

Police said administrators suspected that something had been placed into Monteleone's soda when she was out of her classroom, so they called in Wake County Public School System security personnel and Raleigh police to investigate and to question students.

Beckett is a senior at the school. He was released into the custody of his parents.

Monteleone, 46, has been teaching at the school since September.