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Highland Park HS student facing charges after hot sauce prank


Da Bomb hot sauces. Courtesy of

A 17-year-old student is heading to juvenile court after being accused of spiking a container of marinara sauce with hot sauce in a school cafeteria.

The teen is facing five counts of misdemeanor battery.

The incident happened last month at Highland Park High School. No one was seriously hurt, but three cafeteria workers were treated at a hospital after they experienced coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and skin rashes.

The teen says it was meant as a prank.

Police say Da Bomb brand hot sauce was used in the incident.

“I don’t think you can find this one in the store. It sounds like this kid had to get it someplace special,” said Highland Park police Deputy Chief George Pfutzenreuter.

The Da Bomb website features videos of sweaty and doubled-over reactions to ingesting a spoonful of its various sauces, as well as this line: “They look and smell perfectly innocent. But when they explode on your taste buds, in your throat, and deep down in your stomach and bowels, you’ll know you’re in a war.”


The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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