Two 17-year-old girls at the Washington Youth Academy, a Bremerton residential school for at-risk teens, were arrested Thursday after they allegedly tampered with the beauty products of two fellow students, sending them to the emergency room, police say.
The suspects are being held in the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center, said Sgt. Kevin Crane, a spokesman for the Bremerton Police Department.
According to Crane, the tampering occurred Wednesday when the two suspects, who claim they were being harassed by the victims, poured bleach into the shampoo container of one victim and the lotion and acne pads of the second. When the victims used their products on Wednesday they immediately “suffered significant pain and irritation, ” he said.
The victims were taken to a hospital emergency room, where they were treated and released.
Several witnesses came forward after seeing the victims’ suffering, Crane said.
He said the girl who is suspected of pouring the bleach into the shampoo, acne pads and skin lotion is expected to be charged with third-degree assault. The second girl is suspected of encouraging the first girl and will likely face a charge of third-degree attempted assault, Crane said.
The Washington Youth Academy is a military-style school for teens 16 to 18 who are at risk of dropping out of high school. It’s run by the Washington National Guard and the Bremerton School District.