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Teacher Isn’t Laughing Over Visine ‘Prank’

Teacher thought she had eaten tainted meat until the school principal shared rumors that a student had poisoned her by putting the “gets-the-red-out” eye solution in her coffee, an idea that may have come from the “Wedding Crashers” movie.

A scene from “Wedding Crashers” (starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, shown here) may have inspired the use of Visine eye drops in a "prank" that sickened a Michigan school teacher. (Screenshot: YouTube video, New Line Cinema’s “Wedding Crashers.")
A scene from “Wedding Crashers” (starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, shown here) may have inspired the use of Visine eye drops in a "prank" that sickened a Michigan school teacher. (Screenshot: YouTube video, New Line Cinema’s “Wedding Crashers.")

A Michigan high school student who admitted to putting Visine eye drops in a teacher’s coffee over a period of several days, severely sickening her, has been suspended for a year.

Mary Aldecoa, a 24-year veteran with Fowlerville Community Schools, told the Livingston County Daily & Press Argus that the alleged poisoning left her with “horrible symptoms.” Aldecoa, who has been out of school since May 15, thought she had eaten some tainted red meat until school officials called and said they were investigating rumors that a student had poisoned her.

The student, who was not identified, was originally suspended for 10 days pending a hearing before the Fowlerville school board, which voted this week for a full 180-day suspension. Additionally, the Fowlerville Police Department has an open investigation into the matter.

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Aldecoa wants students to know “how incredibly serious” the prank was.

Visine contains tetrahydrozoline, which the National Institutes of Health says can cause a number of severe health problems if ingested, including coma or seizures.

“I could have died, and the kid’s life could have been ruined,” Aldecoa told the newspaper.

School officials aren’t sure of the student’s motive, but said they think the idea may have come from a scene in the 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers.” In that film, one of the characters, seeking revenge, slipped the “get-the-red-out” solution into another’s drink to cause a violent diarrhea attack.

The movie has been the inspiration for a handful of other not-so-funny Visine poisonings around the country, including:

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  • Is the suspension enough, or do you think the responsible student should face criminal charges?



Nikki Roberts May 30, 2014 at 03:21 PM
How about just putting the blame where it belongs, with the student. Some kids are just 'bad' regardless of the parenting. One of my pastors children is a drug addict and they weren't allowed to listen to anything but secular music and watch g rated movies....it's a crap shoot honestly. Not saying not to do your job as a parent, sometimes it is futile though. Just sayin.
Mark Eubanks May 30, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Two things. A year suspension - appropriate. #2 Never, ever allow that kid into the teacher's classroom again. Happened at the school where I used to teach with hand sanitizer. Few days suspension and back into the SAME classroom. If I was the teacher and I did tell administration this. If that kid came back to my classroom, I would be walking out and straight to an attorney's office.
K. Scott May 30, 2014 at 06:20 PM
You're correct Nikki, but Hollywood? come on, that's a cop out and lame. This has been going on for a long time with the eye drops, I learned it over 25 years ago. It's a shame that teachers get treated like this. I feel very badly for her.
Joseph Borrajo May 31, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Serious matter that needs to be addressed in the strongest terms. P3
Racer Boy June 01, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Finally, a School Board with a no-nonsense approach to discipline. I applaud the Fowlerville school system.

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