Substitute teacher accused of smearing fecal matter on picnic tables

(NBC) - A Florida substitute teacher is accused of sabotaging a child's birthday party by smearing human fecal matter on picnic tables and benches.

Sarasota County deputies say Heather Carpenter had a problem with the way the principal at Phillippi Shores Elementary School handled a complaint, so she decided to get back at her by ruining the principal's daughter's birthday party at a nearby park.

Michael Hutchinson witnessed the incident, and at first thought, Carpenter was with park maintenance.

"Once I got over here, I could smell it instantly and I knew she was vandalizing it," he says. "You could see fecal matter on the ground, and just the smell of urine, it was really, you could really smell it."