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Did Cheerleaders Try to Poison Rivals?

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Is this a harmless prank ... or a criminal act?

cheerleaders on a bench with poisoned cupcakes

Parents of students on the dance team at a Texas high school allege members of a rival team prepared a gift of baked goods laced with rat poison and bleach, reports UPI.

Exchanging gifts and pranks is a tradition among Texas high school dance and cheerleading teams before football games. But the parents from Andress High School in El Paso said putting poison and laxatives in brownies and cupcakes and giving them to unwitting rivals is well beyond a prank.

Bea Saenz, whose daughter is on the Andress dance team, told the El Paso Times she wants the students from the school's cross-town rival, Chapin, to face criminal charges.

"We felt like they weren't out just to play a prank," she said. "With all the stuff they put in there, it is like they were trying to kill them."

Chapin officials released a statement saying the incident is being investigated and any students found to be involved will face appropriate discipline. A police spokesman said no reports had been made yet.

El Paso Independent School District officials Tuesday said that three members of the Chapin Sapphire Dance Team were suspended for three days and will face further punishment after admitting that they baked laxative-laced brownies for the Andress High School Dance team.

Do you think these cheerleaders went too far?

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Danika November 12, 2008, 10:41 PM

Definitely. It is one thing to do a harmless prank.. but another when you do something that could potentially hurt someone.

AshleeLizbeth March 26, 2009, 2:34 PM

As if they wouldn’t smell the bleach! I’m sure they did it as a joke; they probably didn’t think the prank through & didn’t realize the consequences. They should be punished for their behavior, but not ostracized.

baertg December 2, 2009, 6:14 PM

Sad thing is, we are not talking about 3 year olds…these are conscious girls that didn’t measure their limits

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