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Police: Teacher brought marijuana-laced food to after-work potluck


Teresa Gilmete Badger (Image Credit: CNN)

By Ed Payne and Greg Morrison, CNN

(CNN) — Police in Northern California have arrested an elementary schoolteacher after she allegedly brought marijuana-laced food to an after-hours employee potluck dinner.

Teresa Gilmete Badger, a 47-year-old teacher at Matthew Turner Elementary School in Benicia, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of poisoning after a six-week-long investigation, said Lt. Frank Hartig of the Benicia Police Department.

After the late-November get-together in the Bay Area town, several people reported feeling ill, a police statement said.

“One of the partygoers was rushed to the hospital with severe reactions; she was hospitalized,” Hartig told CNN affiliate KPIX. “The very next morning, another partygoer was taken to the hospital, because she continued to feel like she was under the influence of something.”

At least one of the women tested positive for THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the principal intoxicant in marijuana, police said.

A 15-year-old also got sick after someone at the party brought leftovers home, according to police.

During their investigation, police said they were told that Badger had “allegedly confessed her involvement to individuals who were also in attendance at the party.”

She was arrested Friday and booked into Solano County Jail in Fairfield. Bail was set at $15,000.

Badger chose not to speak to arresting officers, Hartig said.



12 Comments to “Police: Teacher brought marijuana-laced food to after-work potluck”

    Joe said:
    January 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Now, let's watch the teacher's union defend her. Defending criminal behavior seems to be the new 5th tenet of unions.

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    January 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    We'll see how much of that type of thing goes on in CO & WA now.

      MarkPierre said:
      January 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      whatt?? you should unplug your keyboard immediately.

        Al P said:
        January 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        And, weenie, you should understand the seriousness of lacing food with a drug and serving it to unsuspecting people. People became ill, dummie!

    The Opinionated One said:
    January 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Sheesh!!!!!!!!!! This woman is one sick puppy. I have to agree with Joe, the teacher's union will defend her, and that is a larger group of sick puppies!

    David said:
    January 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The ACLU will also help her. There probably on there way now to have her released
    from jail. She has rights and the ACLU will defend her rights to use and give out drugs.

    Rick said:
    January 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    WHAT did she make? why so top secret? and it must have been good for someone to take some Home =0/

      Joe said:
      January 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Ever been to a pot luck dinner? It might taste good but, laced with a drug, a child could die or an adult would have a serious accident. Get sober and pay attention.

        Lmao said:
        January 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Die from pot laced food? Become high….yes! Sick….well maybe if you ate a whole entire plate full of that specific food. Funny to me! I think these individuals knew what they were consuming, but became too f'd up and got scared! #tattletales

    Jimmy said:
    January 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Wish I was invited to that party. Sounds like it was a good time. Maybe I need to surround myself with more teachers!

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    January 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Ironically, much of the time, we really do not know what is in the processed or prepared food we are eating. When it is pot, it's a big deal. I remember when I was disgusted to learn what Jell-O really was.
    If you are drug-tested for one reason or another, it makes you wonder about those brownies you ate from the Bake Sale the other day.

    JustSayin said:
    January 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Why all the hostility against the unions?

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