No charges in Visine poisoning in Michigan

July 18, 2014

A Livingston County prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a high school student from Fowlerville, MI, who was accused of sickening his teacher by putting Visine in her coffee.

Fowlerville, MI-A Livingston County prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a high school student from Fowlerville, MI, who was accused of sickening his teacher by putting Visine (tetrahydrozoline, McNeil) in her coffee. 

Police say the student, who was not identified because he is a minor, put Visine drops in his algebra teacher’s coffee over the course of several days in mid-May, making her very ill-a prank inspired by the movie Wedding Crashers. If ingested, an ingredient in the eye drops-tetrahydrozoline-may cause nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, headache, or more serious symptoms like seizures or coma, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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The student was suspended from school for a full year, and police recommended he be charged with a felony count of tampering with a food or drink. But prosecutor William Vailliencourt, Jr. says there is not enough evidence to charge the student. 

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