Video shows Olentangy students allegedly using semen, urine to taint teachers' food

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — Seven students from Olentangy Hyatts Middle School in Delaware County are charged in the case of tainting their teachers' food with bodily fluids.

Video obtained by 10TV shows a portion of the incident. That video is blurred to conceal the identities of the juvenile suspects and the teachers they are accused of assaulting.

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It was recorded May 16 inside an 8th grade Global Gourmet class at the school.

Investigators say during a student cooking contest judged by teachers, students tainted the teachers' food with semen and urine.

On the video, students are heard whispering and giggling as a boy pours liquid from a plastic bag onto food

The camera then turns to show teachers unknowingly eating tainted food, while good-naturedly quizzing the students about their dishes.

Teacher: "Is this made with goat milk or cow's milk?"

Student: "Uhh, cow's milk."

Second Teacher: "Is it fresh-squeezed cow's milk?"

Another teacher says, "I'm not even gonna lie, it tastes really good," as students clap.

Giggles are then heard off-camera.

To anyone who thinks the act is a prank, Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel said, "Well, we filed charges in it, and so we believe that there is evidence, probable cause, that a crime occurred, making it not just a prank."

She says because the assault was against teachers and happened at school, it's automatically a felony.

"The victims will be heard in court when it's the appropriate time. What occurred has substantially impacted them," she said. "And that's probably an understatement."

The students were all 14 years old at the time of this incident.

Four of them are charged with assault on a teacher. Three are charged with complicity to assault on a teacher, and one is charged with tampering with evidence.

Attorney Brad Koffel represents four of the students. He told 10TV: “Everyone has worked very hard this summer to resolve these cases in a fair manner that takes into account the disgusting nature of this prank, while also balancing the fact that we’re talking about eighth-grade boys. This is an example of how easily influenced kids are by what they see on YouTube and social media. They are learning an extremely hard lesson. We feel horrible for these teachers.”

Olentangy Local School District said in a statement: "We are aware that charges have been filed in this case and we thank law enforcement for their due diligence. As a district, we are saddened that these charges are a result of actions that took place at one of our schools. Our teachers deserve respect and kindness, and anything less than that is completely unacceptable. We will continue to support law enforcement in every way possible."

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said: “It’s time for the judicial system to do its job and we have full confidence it will serve the victims while holding the students accountable. Now is the time to be considerate of all parties involved. It is not a time to use social media as a destructive or vengeful means of messaging, which unfortunately has become all too common in today’s society. The Sheriff’s Office remains committed to supporting our teachers and students in creating safe and productive learning environments.”

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