Questions about tainted cupcakes remain unanswered at Fermi
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Dec. 19, 2012
Two upperclassmen students at Enrico Fermi High School made national headlines for allegedly playing a disgusting prank on other students that landed them in hot water. The two girls are accused of urinating into cupcake batter as well as adding laxatives, baking the cupcakes, and then bringing them into school and distributing them to students on Nov. 15 and 16.
Apprehension and concerns about the situation have grown since then, as speculation surrounding the situation has begun to unfold.
“The principal is making it seem like nothing happened, but stuff happened,” said Mariella Garica, a senior at Enrico Fermi High School.
“They want to push it off, but it’s a bigger deal than they make it seem to be,” said Emily Ballard, another senior at Enrico Fermi High School.
Since the incident is still under investigation by the detective division of the Enfield Police Department and involves two juveniles, Enfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Schumann and Police Chief Carl Sferrazza will say very little about the incident.
“Because it’s a police investigation, we really have to allow him [Sferrazza] to share the information he wants,” said Schumann. “We do not want to jeopardize anything he is doing. On the other hand, we want to ensure our parents that we are giving them as much information as we can without jeopardizing the work that the department is doing. It’s kind of a fine line of where things are, and I know folks are frustrated that they cannot get the information they want, the way they want it. We’re doing our best to satisfy both sides.”
Since the incident, there has been speculation about the events that transpired leading up to the making of the cupcakes and during their distribution. Students said that many who ingested the cupcakes became ill, and one girl was even hospitalized.
“I believe one of the girls did receive medical treatment, but I do not know the extent of that,” Schumann said.
Students are also under the impression that one of the girls’ mothers purchased the laxatives for them and was aware that the incident was taking place. Schumann said that he has no evidence that a parent was involved within the case. Students also believe that the girls had created a system for distributing the cupcakes: those with sprinkles contained urine and laxatives, and those without sprinkles were regular cupcakes.
“I used to be really close friends with one of the girls, and it’s hard to know she would do something like this,” Ballard said. “I would never think she would do something like this.”
Schumann could not comment on any student discipline, citing federal regulations.
“It’s bad because whenever they see Enrico Fermi High School, they are going to be like ‘Oh, about the cupcakes.’ Everybody is going to think about the cupcakes,” Garcia said.
“It gives us a bad name,” Ballard said. “Just to do something like that makes us look like such a bad school, especially since everything else has been going on.”