A janitor at a New Jersey elementary school is accused of disgusting acts of food contamination, and police say he was caught because of evidence he posted on social media.
25-year-old Giovanni Impellizzeri of Vineland allegedly posted photos of himself contaminating utensils and food with bodily fluids and bleach.
Impellizzeri has worked at the Elizabeth Moore School in the Upper Deerfield School District since 2019, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office. New Jersey State Police received tips on social media about the contamination involving feces, saliva, and urine.
Police said that Impellizzeri also sprayed bleach into a container of cucumbers in order to harm children.
Investigators are trying to determine when the individual alleged acts of contamination occurred.
Parents at the school are outraged at the details of the accusations but also at the district for not being as forthcoming with information about the incidents.
Impellizzeri was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Cumberland County Jail. The district said he was placed on administrative leave.
“Kids are getting sick, having diarrhea, vomiting, and we’re blaming it on a belly bug when in reality it could be hepatitis, it could be food poisoning,” said Cristencia Jenkins, a parent, said to WPVI-TV. “Like, who knows what else he’s putting in there?”
“I covered my mouth and started crying,” said Bianca Pierce, another parent, to WCAU-TV. “I had no words. I mean what can you say to a situation where somebody was doing those disgusting things in the school where your child’s supposed to be safe? I felt like I was stabbed in the heart.”
Investigators are seeking to discover if the janitor may have transmitted sexual any infectious diseases to children or staff at the school. Additional charges may be considered in that case.
“For now, parents of students and others who may have consumed contaminated food should contact their healthcare provider if they show signs of illness, particularly severe illness,” read a statement from the Department of Health.
Impellizzeri is charged with a numerous crimes, including aggravated assault, tampering with food products, endangering the welfare of a child, and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
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