Here's one way to liven up a boring high school cooking assignment -- spice up the recipe with a little weed. That's at least one of the possibilities at play in a highly unusual incident at Montezuma-Cortez High School, where a teacher reported feeling "high" after sampling a smoothie four students made for an in-class project.
Angelia Herrmann, public information officer for the Cortez Police Department, shares the story, which took place on September 22 and involves teacher Kelli Reder.
"A teacher for a kind of home-ec class called Consumer Sciences had a project for the day of making smoothies," Herrmann says. "She thought that one group was acting somewhat suspicious when they were making theirs. She visited with them about it, and they said they didn't do anything. Then she had a sample of the drink, and she had a reaction to it."
According to the police report filed on the incident, on view below, her reaction was feeling "high" five to ten minutes later.
After feeling this buzz, Reder "brought her concerns to the attention of the administration," Herrmann says. "A resource officer took the report, and we took what was left of the sample and sent it to get a toxicology report" from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Herrmann can't predict when the CBI will get back to the department, saying only that the results are "pending."
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An initial test of Reder's system didn't show the presence of marijuana or any other drug, and according to the report, she skipped a second urinalysis that might have either confirmed or refuted the students' assertion that the only extra ingredient they added to the beverage was sugar. Instead, a second blood test was conducted.
No word on those results or any potential disciplinary action against the students. In the meantime, Reder has reportedly returned to work at the school -- where she's no doubt watching her young chefs very carefully.
Page down to read the police report. The names of the students have been redacted: