Concord School: Hot Sauce Is Deadly Weapon
POSTED: 2:57 pm PDT October 20, 2006
CONCORD, Calif. -- A 16-year-old girl is back in school Friday after school officials recanted their decision to suspend her for bringing hot sauce to school, NBC11's Jodi Hernandez reported.
School officials said Laura Martin's $25 bottle of Mad Dog 357 sauce hurt two students on Thursday.
The Concord High School senior said she and her friend Stephanie Goins, 15, were given a two-day suspension for possession of a deadly weapon.
The school's principal said the girls were suspended for the way they used the sauce, not because they had it.
Martin said they brought the sauce to school because some of their friends said they could handle the sauce's heat.
Before their first class, Martin said a 16-year-old boy drank the sauce and started having breathing problems. He also started shaking, Hernandez reported.
The school called paramedics, who arrived and said nothing was wrong with the boy.
Paramedics were called again after another student got the sauce in his eye, Hernandez reported.
Neither girl was in trouble with their parents. Laura's father said the school overreacted.
School officials refused to speak with NBC11, Hernandez reported.