Tierni Williams, a student at Tennessee State University, is now facing charges after it was discovered (through social media) that she had been contaminating her roommate's water as part of a cruel "prank."
According to the New York Post, Williams had been filling a styrofoam cup with toilet water and transferring the liquid into her roommate's bottle. She posted video of herself in the act to Snapchat, laughing and saying that her roommate was “gonna get sick from this.” The roommate (who discovered the video herself) did, indeed, report weight loss and a loss of appetite, but luckily did not become seriously ill.
“The water that goes into the toilet is municipal water and is very clean, but the flush doesn’t remove absolutely everything and there could be residual bacteria or viruses left in the bowl of the toilet,” said Dr. William Schaffner, Infectious Disease Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “I would think it's more yucky than seriously harmful.”
A motive for Williams' behavior is unclear. She has been officially charged with adulteration of food, liquid with bodily injury. Her crimes are considered a felony and she potentially faces between three and six years in prison. Williams was released from jail on bond.
It is also unclear if Williams will return to the dormitory where the crime occurred, although reports suggest that Williams is subject to sanctions from TSU ranging from immediate interim suspension to expulsion. Williams has not offered a comment on the situation.
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