Morgan Hill preschool teacher accused of spiking students' drinks enters not guilty plea

March 26, 2013 12:39:03 PM PDT
A preschool teacher in Morgan Hill who is accused of spiking her students' drinks with sleep medication entered a not guilty plea in court this morning.

Hollister resident Debbie Gratz, 59, hurried out of the court after she entered the plea and did not comment to the media. Gratz is out on supervised release.

There were several upset parents in court today.

"For me something has to happen, probation is not good enough, that happens all the time. She needs to do time. Anything could happen out there, like my daughter could have passed out and hit her head. She could have seizures now, who knows," said parent Joe Iacocca.

"I will do everything in my power to make sure that this lady pays for what she has done. I want to look her in the face I want to ask her why," said grandmother Regina Labeff.

Gratz is charged with 10 misdemeanors. Police believe that she put sleeping pills in the sippy cups at Kiddie Academy in Morgan Hill.

Gratz is due back in court on April 25.

Today the judge ordered her to not have any unsupervised contact with minors who are not her relatives.


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