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Gaffney student accused of pouring bleach in opponents' Gatorade

Gaffney Middle was the home team for the game. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina) Gaffney Middle was the home team for the game. (Jan. 24, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate middle school basketball player is accused of admitting to pouring bleach into his opponents' Gatorade cooler.

Cleveland Smith's son plays on the Granard Middle School basketball team and he said Tuesday night, something was not right with the team's Gatorade during their game against Gaffney Middle School.

"He [Smith's son] said once he came out of the game and started putting it to his lips said his mouth started burning but no one knew anything then," Smith said.

And the next day, Smith said his son kept saying his stomach hurt. He said rumors started swirling about a student possibly tampering with the drink and then his son got a text explaining what happened.

"He told me somebody text him and told him they put bleach in the Gatorade," Smith said.

Smith said his son drank four cups of the Gatorade and they don't know how much bleach was dumped in the jug. In a statement to police, the suspect told them he did not mean to harm anyone.

The police report said that students and staff from both schools drank the Gatorade.

Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore said several eighth-grade students were disciplined. Moore said the district filed the police report and the case remains under investigation. As of Friday, no charges had been filed in the case.

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