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7 Wis. students in trouble over Facebook prank

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Seven Janesville middle-school students could face discipline for posting a prank on Facebook this week.

A WISC-TV report says the students at Marshall Middle School are accused of posting a lie that their school bus had crashed and that their coach had died.

Dr. Steve Sperry is the district's director of administrative and human services. He says the district has no control over what students post in the privacy of their own homes, but when the effects trickle back into the school and cause disruption, disciplinary action could be appropriate.

He says the punishment could range from an in-school suspension to expulsion.

The superintendent says the students have expressed remorse. He adds that he hopes the incident will be a learning experience about things posted online.

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Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

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