Two 13-year-old male students from Hines Middle School in Virginia allegedly tried poisoning their teacher.  According to a news source, the two students apparently “spiked their teacher's tea at least twice with hand sanitizer.”

The students eventually confessed to putting hand sanitizer in the teacher's tea.  They now face attempted poisoning charges, a class three felony.

School Related Punishment:

  • The students were removed from Hines Middle School
  •  They were placed in a separate community school
  • They were recommended for long term suspensions
  • They were then referred to a disciplinary review committee, who upheld the long term suspension

According to a news source, “if the accused teens are found guilty they will have remain in the community school.”

What Is a Felony?

A felony is a serious crime.  A felony is generally defined as any crime punishable by more than one year in prison.  Defendants convicted of felonies serve their sentences in a state or federal prison.  If a defendant charged with a felony cannot afford a lawyer, a court will appoint a lawyer for them.  Each state has different punishments for felonies.  Moreover, according to a news source, “a class three felony carries a punishment of not less than five years nor more than 20 years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000.”

Check with a qualified Lead Counsel criminal law attorney in your state for your state’s laws regarding felony punishments.

Is their punishment too extreme?  What do you think their punishment should be?