Suspect in Custody after Leesville High School Teacher Becomes Ill

At approximately 11 a.m. yesterday, the Raleigh Police Department school resource officer at Leesville High School responded to situation that involved a teacher who had become ill after drinking from a soft drink can. The SRO immediately contacted the emergency communications center, EMS was dispatched, and the teacher, Roseann Marie Monteleone, was transported to Rex Hospital, where she was treated and released.

There were suspicions that an unknown substance had been placed in the teacher’s soft drink can during a time period in the morning when it had been left unattended. Additional RPD personnel and detectives from the department’s Aggravated Assault Unit responded to the school to gather information and perform follow-up investigative work.

The case investigation has resulted in the identification and arrest of a suspect, Cody Austin Beckett, 18, a student at the school and a member of one of the teacher’s morning classes. Beckett has been charged with Assault on a School Employee, and has been transported to the Wake County Jail.

At this point in the investigation, it appears some type of hand cleansing substance was put in the soft drink can.

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