A 16-year-old Brooklyn girl who is accused of throwing acid in the face of a classmate in science class told cops she wanted to "burn the eyes out" of the other girl.
Zhanna Smsarian allegedly slipped up behind her 15-year-old classmate, Albina Eshimbaeva, in their morning chemistry class at Fort Hamilton High School.
Eshimbaeva told reporters she had noticed the girl staring her down "in an evil way."
"I knew something bad was coming, but didn't know what it was," Eshimbaeva said.
Smsarian was wearing her ROTC uniform and a pair of goggles as she splashed the acid.
"My whole face was burning," Eshimbaeva said. "I thought I was blind. I couldn't see anything."
A quick acting teacher doused her face with water quickly after the bottle of diluted hydrochloric acid was poured over her head. She was rushed to Staten Island Hospital burn center, and her vision was saved.
Friends and family said the girls were once close, and Eshimbaeva even went to her attacker's 16th birthday party.
Smsarian was arrested and charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of noxious material and harassment.
She was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court where the judge set a $7,500 bond. Her lawyer said outside court that the girl had never been in trouble before. “She’s an honor roll student with excellent grades,” Igor Vaysberg said.