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

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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.



  • The Opinionated One

    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

    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.

  • Jimmy

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

  • MyTakeOnIt

    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.

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