Detective Sgt. Kevin Crane of the Bremerton police said all four of the girls were living at the Washington Youth Academy in Bremerton.
He said the two 17-year-olds felt like they were being harassed and subjected to name-calling by the other two at the Youth Academy, so they conspired together to retaliate against them.
"They went into a cleaning closet, gathered some bleach, went to the two victim's lockers at this youth academy and they poured bleach into the shampoo bottle of one of the victims," said Crane. "Then they went to the second victim's locker and poured bleach into her lotion and into her acne pads."
Later that evening the victims used the adulterated products, and they immediately knew something was wrong
"As a result of the bleach in there they felt some significant pain to the point where both girls were transported to the emergency room," Crane said. They were treated and later released.
The incident was reported to Bremerton police, who began an investigation and found at least two witnesses who knew what had happened but had not reported it earlier. Those witnesses decided to tell what they knew after they saw the extreme pain suffered by the two victims.
The two 17-year-old suspects were then interviewed and they ultimately admitted to putting bleach into the hygiene products.
The girl who is suspected of pouring the bleach into the shampoo, acne pads and skin lotion was arrested for investigation of third-degree assault. The other girl, who is suspected of encouraging the first girl, was arrested for investigation of third-degree attmepted assault.
Both 17-year-olds have now been released from juvenile custody, but they have been expelled from the Youth Academy, along with the two girls who witnessed the tampering but did not say anything.
Washington Youth Academy, where the girls are enrolled, is a militaristic type of school that uses tight discipline and a learning environment to help at-risk group to realize a higher potential.