Oct 8, 2012 5:30 PM by Andy Koen

UPDATE: student arrested for contaminating salad dressing

UPDATE: A spokesperson with the Colorado Springs Police Department now reports a student at Vista Ridge High School has been arrested in connection a possible school lunch contamination incident. The student admitted to pouring water from a Visine bottle into the ranch dressing at the cafeteria salad bar.  He faces charges of Reckless Endangerment and Interference with School, Staff and Faculty.


Around 20 students at Vista Ridge High School felt nauseous following reports that another student had contaminated the ranch dressing at the school cafeteria with a bottle of Visine eye drops.

School District 49 public information officer Stephanie Wurtz said a male student admitted to putting water in the salad dressing from a Visine bottle. However, when school administrators searched for the bottle they were unable to find it.

The school district is notifying all parents of the potential symptoms of Visine  consumption which include nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, low body temperature and possible seizures.

Wurtz said the more extreme symptoms would require a larger amount of the eye drops be ingested. She did not specify what kind of discipline the student would face. The school district is working with the Colorado Springs Police Department on the investigation.


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