Hot Sauce Prank Sends 3 to Hospital

Student allegedly spiked spaghetti sauce in school cafeteria
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
Updated Jun 9, 2013 6:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – It looked like a normal plate of spaghetti marinara, perfectly edible by school cafeteria standards. But when a Chicago high school student bit into it, he got a rude awakening. Someone had spiked a jar of the school's marinara sauce with "Da Bomb" hot sauce, a brand that prides itself on its near toxicity, ABC News reports. One variety, "Final Answer Hot Sauce" has almost as many Scoville units as pepper spray.

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The student complained to cafeteria staff, who investigated. The result? Three of the staffers wound up in the hospital from inhaling the fumes of the stuff. Police and school officials have just now revealed the May 14 incident, saying they've arrested the student they suspect perpetrated the prank. He'll be charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor battery. (Read more hot sauce stories.)

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