Death to Teacher? One Student Punished for Facebook Words, One for Spiking Drink With Staples

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There are rules in society, boys and girls.

If you wish someone dead or injured, you skulk around muttering out about it under your breath. You occasionally shoot him or her the stink eye.

You do not go blabbing about it on Facebook. Unlike when you mutter to yourself under your breath, people will think there's something wrong with you.

Likewise, putting sharp metal shards in someone's drink always seems like a good idea at the time, but it rarely works out well for all concerned.

Such are the little life lessons a pair of teenagers are learning this week. One teen in New Hampshire posted on Facebook that she wished Osama bin Laden had offed her math teacher before he died. However, a boy in Virginia know wishes don't make dreams come true.

Preferring action, authorities say he literally "spiked" his teacher's iced tea with staples.

Both kids are currently learning the value of 20/20 hindsight.

The New York Daily News reports a 13-year-old student at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, N.H., contemplated that lesson during five days of suspension after learning the First Amendment doesn't necessarily cover wishing your math teacher dead. She bemoaned -- on Facebook -- that bin Laden never got around to killing him.

Her mother tells WMUR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, N.H., the girl is embarrassed to return to school now that the suspension is over.

"In hindsight, she's mortified that she said that, but she's a 13-year-old kid," Kimberly Dell'isola tells the television station.

She adds what her daughter did was wrong, but she thinks the punishment was too severe and should have been handled by a parent, not the school.

Returning to school might not be an option for a ninth-grader at William Monroe High School in Standardsville, Va., after he allegedly decided to put staples in his English teacher's iced tea May 10.

WHSV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisonburg, Va., reports school authorities have suspended him until a committee decides whether or not to expel him entirely.

The teacher who drank the spiked tea was not seriously injured, but Maj. Randall Snead of the Greene County Sheriff's Office tells WHSV-TV authorities are watching his condition closely. You never know what staples can do once they start rattling around your insides.

Snead tells the station the incident is "isolated" -- stapled drinks are not a problem in the rest of the school and community.

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