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By Elisha Fieldstadt
Several Ohio high school students are accused of adding body fluids to food before serving it to teachers, said officials.
Eight Olentangy Hyatt's Middle School students, mostly 14-year-olds, are suspected in the incident, allegedly happened Thursday, according to a statement from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
The food that included crepes was served to teachers who acted as judges of a cooking competition that was part of a "Global Gourmet" class, the statement said. Olentangy Hyatt's Middle School is in Powell, Ohio, about 14 miles north of Columbus.
Five school staff probably ate the food that investigators believe was "contaminated" by the students with semen and urine, a sheriff's office spokeswoman NBC News told.
A student registered part of the incident on video that was shared among the students, said statements from the sheriff's office.
By the end of the day Thursday, the video had reached school leaders who informed the sheriff's office, which has been investigating since, the statement.
Investigators work with prosecutors to determine possible fees.
A middle school student, Mason Lambert, told NBC affiliate WCMH that the principal held a school assembly on Monday to explain what was allegedly happening and how wrong it was.
"I just think it's a little rough. I don't even know why anyone would do that," he said.
A statement from the Olentangy School District said district officials also investigated the incident and "anyone who violates school policies will be held accountable for their actions."
"We also focus our efforts on supporting the teachers affected by this incident, "said the statement.
None of the students have been identified, but attorney Bradley P. Koffel told NBC News that he represents one of the boys in what he called "this mess".
"It is my understanding that the school thinks there is some video. I am not currently aware of what the video shows or does not show. The owner has also not confirmed that the actual body fluids were placed in foods that was served to teachers, "Koffel said.