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Student Puts Repellent on Teacher’s Cookie

December 4, 2003

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) _ A sixth grader sprayed nonpoisonous dog repellent on a cookie intended for her teacher and has been expelled, officials say.

The situation developed when the pupil brought some store-bought chocolate chip cookies to school Monday for a party at Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School in this suburb east of Seattle, Lake Washington School District spokesman Peter Daniels said.

She handed one cookie to her teacher, who took a bite. About half a dozen other students bit into cookies that apparently had been hit with overspray and _ like the teacher _ coughed at the bitter taste and strong odor and spat out the crumbs, Daniels said Wednesday.

No injuries or illnesses were reported.

Principal Jeff DeGallier said the girl told him what she had done. DeGallier retrieved the canister from the girl’s home, and investigators determined the spray was organic and nontoxic, Daniels said.

The girl’s motive was unclear, he added. She had no record of disciplinary problems in school and may appeal to have her expulsion reversed.

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