Students Who Put Bodily Fluids Inside Food They Served to Their Teachers as Part of Cooking Contest Are Charged

A group of Ohio teenagers who spiked food with bodily fluids and served it to teachers have been charged. The charges filed by Delaware County prosecutors against the 8th graders on Tuesday include assault and complicity to assault, CBS news affiliate WBNS reported.

The students were taking part in what was called a Global Gourmet cooking challenge judged by teachers on May 16, This Week reported. They served food including crepes containing semen and urine. The students were around the age of 14 at the time.

Four teachers judging the contest unwittingly ate the food containing the fluids. A student allegedly shared a video of the incident to other pupils, which school officials became aware of. One shared it with a member of staff. The school then contacted the authorities.

Prosecutors state several classmates planned the prank in the days leading up to the competition, according to WBNS. One student who was charged with felony assault took a plastic bag containing his semen to school, and put it on a crepe. He and a classmate gave this to a teacher.

Another pupil was charged with complicity to assault and tampering with evidence, for teaming up with and not stopping the first boy, as well as deleting potentially incriminating texts and videos from his phone.

One boy brought his semen to school but did not spread it on the crepe. Prosecutors say another student mixed urine into barbecue sauce prepared for the dishes. A further two students were charged with assault, and another three with complicity to assault. Seven were charged in total.

Brad Koffel, the attorney for four students charged with assault, told The Columbus Dispatch that the students "agreed to admit it was [them], how we did it, in exchange for one count." He said the students were from "very, very good families" and "have suffered more at home than they're ever going to get in the court system."

Koffel argued that felony charges are too harsh as they suggest the students caused physical harm. He said the incident instead caused "psychological harm." He said the boys were motivated by the chance of gaining notoriety on social media and "the idiotic stuff that other teens are watching to get clicks."

"They're eighth-grade kids. Psychologically, they clearly are suffering an amount of trauma because of their dumb actions," he said.

Olentangy Local School District responded to the charges in a statement seen by The Columbus Dispatch: "We are saddened that these charges are a result of actions that took place at one of our schools. Our teachers deserve respect and kindness, and anything less than that is completely unacceptable. We will continue to support law enforcement in every way possible."

The students are due to appear at Delaware County Juvenile court in the coming weeks, WBNS reported.