Three middle school students were arrested after police said they spiked a teacher’s drink with hot pepper.

Police said one of the girls distracted 52-year-old teacher Jayne Morgan while the other two poured crushed red pepper in her can of soda. Morgan was taken to the hospital for treatment after suffering a sore throat, stomach pains and shortness of breath.

Police said the girls did this as revenge when Morgan disciplined one of them. Morgan allegedly sent one of the girls to the principal’s office for dumping glue in another student’s backpack and stealing a laptop. One of the girls allegedly told police they originally planned to vandalize Morgan’s car with paint.

The three girls, all 12 years old, were charged with poisoning and tampering. They remain in juvenile detention.

"I want them to have a consequence that teaches them a lesson," said Morgan. "I did not want them to be arrested and go to jail. Teachers are out there doing the best we can for students. I love my students. They broke my heart. My career won’t be the same."

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