OCONTO - A Gillett teen was sentenced Tuesday to 14 days in jail for spiking a teacher’s soda with dry-erase board cleaner.
Hailey C. Brock, 18, will serve the jail time, along with 32 hours of community service, as conditions of two years of probation ordered by Oconto County Circuit Court Judge Jay N. Conley.
Brock was charged with placing foreign object in edibles and second degree recklessly endangering safety — both felonies — and disorderly conduct. She pleaded no contest to the first charge, which carries of a maximum 31/2-year sentence, as part of a plea agreement.
Conley said he believed the incident last fall was retaliation over being sent to the office, but gave Brock the opportunity to have the felony conviction against her expunged.
“She deserves a chance to get this awful incident off her record so she can go on with her life,” Conley said.
In the criminal complaint, Brock and another student acknowledged squirting dry-erase board cleaner into the teacher’s soda bottle on Oct. 20.
The teacher felt a burning sensation in his throat and stomach and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He returned to work the next day.
Defense attorney Kevin Mussolf disputed Assistant District Attorney Robert Mraz’s claim that Brock and the other student, Gavin B. Gilbertson, spiked the teacher’s drink in retaliation for Brock being sent to the school office.
Mussolf called the incident “an impulsive act by a kid.”
“This is a prank that went too far, absolutely,” he said. “Hailey’s just not that kind of person. It would take a mean-spirited person to do something like that and she is not that, period.”
He argued for community service in lieu of jail time, saying Brock had been punished enough, as she’d been suspended — then expelled — until being reinstated nearly a month later. Jail time could put a job she’s to start in Green Bay in jeopardy, he added.
Brock, who sat with her head bowed and appeared to be shedding tears throughout the hearing, only said “I’m sorry” in a very soft voice during the hearing.
Conley said he gave Brock credit for telling police what had been squirted into the teacher’s drink after it was explained the hospital needed to know so he could be properly treated.
“I’m prepared to say she didn’t think it all through,” Conley said. “I don’t think her intent is to put him in the hospital.”
The teacher told a pre-sentence investigator he didn’t want Brock’s conviction expunged “because he wants her to always think about this, and think about what she did,” Conley said.
However, while giving Brock the opportunity to clear her record was appropriate, Conley said “I cannot let this attack on a teacher go unpunished.”
The other student, Gavin B. Gilbertson, 17, of Cecil, is scheduled to be tried on the same three charges beginning Sept. 27.
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