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Student pleads guilty in rat poison incident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former middle school student accused of putting rat poison in the cafeteria's salsa pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted poisoning.

Lavelle Copeland, then 15, was arrested in September after allegedly sprinkling rat poison pellets in the salsa. Fifteen Paxon Middle School students were taken to area emergency rooms, and 19 were examined by medical staff at the school.

The poison, Talon-G, caused headaches and stomach pains. It is fatal to humans only in large, repeated doses.

Juvenile Judge Brian Davis sentenced Copeland to indefinite probation and ordered him to undergo family counseling. He also will be barred from Paxon schools.