Sarasota, Florida: Heather Carpenter, a Florida substitute teacher accused of spreading human feces on tables and grills at a park where a principal was set to host a birthday party told deputies she was “displeased” with how the principal was handling a professional issue.
News outlets report that a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report says Phillippi Shores Elementary School substitute teacher Heather Carpenter told deputies she spread the feces Dec. 1 to disrupt the birthday party Principal Allison Foster had planned for her daughter.
Damage to the park totalled more than $2,300, including grills and tables that had to be replaced.
Forty-two-year-old Carpenter was charged with damaging property and criminal mischief.
Carpenter is pleading not guilty, according to court documents.
The plot was foiled when a witness figured out what was going on, initially thinking someone was cleaning the tables, not defacing them with defecation.
“I could smell it instantly and I knew, this ain’t… she was vandalizing it,” the witness said. “She poured it out of a cup and then just would wipe it on table. It was like a mixture of urine and feces.”
Sheriff’s deputies say Heather Carpenter was upset with the principal over how she handled a complaint.
Heather Carpenter is charged with property damage and criminal mischief. The cost to replace the picnic tables topped $2,000.
Heather Carpenter did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.