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Teens Gone Wild ‘Roofie’ Parents’ Milkshakes for Internet Access

The story comes out of Rocklin, California, where police have arrested two girls, a 15 year old and her visiting friend, 16, for attempting to circumvent their Internet curfew by “roofying” the younger girl’s former foster parents, now legal guardians, with drugged milkshakes. According to police, the girls surprised the adults with milkshakes bought from a local fast-food restaurant. The parents later told police that the milkshakes were gritty and tasted funny — but eerily  familiar. They each only drank about a quarter of each shake and dropped off about an hour later, leaving the teens to enjoy Internet access well after the established curfew. Police have not yet determined what web activities the girls were engaged in that night, but they are investigating.

When the parents woke up hours later, hungover and groggy, they realized that this was not the first time something like this had happened. Suspecting that something was amiss the next morning, when they awoke still feeling hungover, the mother checked the teens’ Internet usage, confirming that her daughter had been online after curfew. The parents then went to the Rocklin Police Department and bought drug test kits. “Many parents buy them and have their kids’ urine tested,” Lt. Lon Milka told the Sacramento Bee. In this case, however, they used the $5 kits to test themselves.”

The results showed that the milkshakes had been doped with crushed prescription sleep medication, allegedly provided by the visiting friend. Realizing that this was not the first time that this had happened, the parents took the girls to the police station to face the consequences of their actions. There the teens confessed to the crime and the motive. “Mom and Dad had the Internet cut off nightly at 10 p.m.,” Lt. Milka told the LA Times. “The daughter wanted to use it past 10 because I guess they’re like most teenagers and the Internet is their life.”

The girls were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and willfully mingling a pharmaceutical with food — charges that could mean prison time if the girls are tried as adults. The decision of whether or not to try them as adults rests with prosecutors. None of the names hsave been released.

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