A janitor at an elementary school in New Jersey stands accused of engaging in disturbing acts, including contaminating food and cafeteria utensils with bodily fluids and bleach, shocking the local community.
Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, faces allegations of contaminating the cafeteria at Elizabeth Moore School in Upper Deerfield Township with saliva, urine, feces, and bleach, with the intent of causing harm to students, as per an affidavit of probable cause.
Parents, like Bianca Pierce, were understandably distraught upon learning of these distressing actions. Pierce, a parent of a student at the school, shared her shock by saying, “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.”
School authorities contacted the New Jersey State Police following numerous anonymous tips about explicit social media posts made by Impellizzeri. Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae noted that these posts contained “extremely disturbing videos of himself while at work” within a Telegram group thread. Screenshots and videos from the social media account were provided to the state police, showing Impellizzeri involved in acts that jeopardized the well-being of the students.
Impellizzeri has been employed as a custodian at the school since September 2019, and authorities are working to determine whether these acts occurred recently or in the past.
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Impellizzeri was arrested and now faces charges of aggravated assault, tampering with food products, endangering the welfare of a child, and attempted misconduct. On Thursday, he was additionally charged with official misconduct and is currently detained in the Cumberland County Jail. Health authorities are investigating whether there is a potential health risk for those who consumed food from the school’s cafeteria.
The Upper Deerfield School District has placed Impellizzeri on administrative leave. The public defender’s office has not yet provided a response to these allegations.