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Teachers: Fail a Student, Eat Your Own Spine

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A Fountain Valley High School junior is facing criminal charges after it was determined he sent threatening emails to two English teachers.

Early last month, Chris Baron and Margaret Segalla received the following email:

"Just to let u know, any student you give an F to at the end of the semester will result in the severing of your spine and the taking of bits of it to jam in your mouth. If you are brave enough, please do it. Anyone receiving an F on the grade sheet at the end of the semester = your life ceases to exist."
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According to the OC Register, police traced the email "back to an Internet service account held by a relative of the student, as documented in a warrant to search the relative's Internet service provider." Although faculty and administrators at the school are not commenting extensively on the ongoing investigation, Principal Chris Herzfeld believes that the same or similar email messages have been sent to other teachers.It's bad enough that basic job security, along with the potential decrease of available teaching resources are on the line in light of Gov. Schwargenegger's proposed State budget cuts, but that local teachers now have to open their inbox to discover that not only might they have to ingest their own bones and central nervous system, but also that kids these days can't even manage to cut the txt msg talk and spell out "you" in an academic correspondence.

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