Police investigate after student’s coffee was tampered with


A student was found to have put an unknown substance in another student’s coffee at a local university library last Sunday, Shanghai police said Monday.

The incident, which happened at the Songjiang campus of Shanghai International Studies University at noon last Sunday, was reported by a female student who was studying at the library and has not been identified.

After returning to her seat, she took a sip from the cup of coffee she had left on her desk and found that it tasted weird.

She threw away the rest of the coffee and filed a report with college security.

After receiving a report of the incident, the Songjiang District Township Police immediately launched an investigation.

A 21-year-old college student surnamed Yin was determined to be the person who put something in the student’s coffee cup while she was away.

When approached by the police, Yin confessed to putting half a taurine effervescent tablet in the student’s coffee cup. He had purchased the tablets online.

The student later underwent a physical examination at a hospital and was found to be in good health, police said, without giving any reason for Yin’s actions.

Police said physical evidence of the incident had been sent to forensic experts for review and their investigation was still ongoing.


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