A 16-year-old Moody High School student was detained on three felony charges Monday, accused of urinating in a teacher's drinking cup earlier this month, Moody Police Chief Roger Kennedy said.

Moody police opened an investigation April 13 after Moody ISD administrators notified them of a teacher who reported the student had urinated in a teacher's drinking container that day, Kennedy said.

"The juvenile was accused of urinating in a drinking cup that belonged to one of the teachers and she didn't find out about it until after the fact," Kennedy said. "She thinks she (ingested) it but she doesn't know 100 percent, because according to her statement she made the comment that the water fountain always tastes funny."

Moody ISD superintendent Gary Martel said the high school principal collected statements from students and reviewed video footage from hallway cameras after students returned from the Easter holiday. The school disciplined the student April 18 in accordance with the district's student code of conduct, as police continued to investigate, Martel said.

"Two other students told (the teacher) what was going around, and she immediately emptied the cup," Kennedy said. "We did charge him with three different offenses."

Moody ISD Disciplinary Alternative Education Program officials detained the student Monday without incident, and he was taken to a juvenile detention center, Martel said.

Third-degree felony charges of assault on a public servant, harassment of a public servant and obstruction or retaliation will be sent to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office.

"Unfortunately, students will make poor decisions at times," Martel said in a statement. "These poor choices sometimes occur within our schools. They are considered as a joke, dare or something funny, etc. The district cannot keep all poor decisions from happening on our campuses but we will follow district policy so there are consequences and punitive results for those who choose to make bad decisions at school.

"We will continue focusing on the large majority of our students who are making great choices and being great role models each day.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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