Jets' pick once threatened H.S. teacher

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Jets' pick once threatened H.S. teacher

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Alesson to all high schoolerswho feel compelled to writea journal entry threatening tosuper glue their English teacher to the wall - naked - cut off her feet, smother her in gasoline and light her head on fire. Bad idea. Not a deal-breaker -Jets rookie Scotty McKnight did the same thing when he was a high school senior in California and he still got drafted by New York with a seventh-round pick - but it makes life harder than it has to be. "You really see how one small error in judgment can affect your whole life," McKnight told FOXSports.com after he'd been drafted. As a high school senior at Tesoro (California) High School, McKnight's English class was required to keep up a creative writing journal. McKnight and another student wound up writing entries that would make Eli Roth's eyebrows rise. One of the entries?"Right now you look friendly, soon you will look mutilated. I am planning on coming in to your room late one night while you're still working . . . I will then super glue you to the wall naked and cut your feet off . . . Later I will smother you in gasoline and light your head on fire, putting the fire out right before your head is charred . . . I will defecate in your mouth."McKnight's teacher didn't appreciate the image. He was suspended along with another student who wrote equally vile and threatening entries, spent time in court, lost a scholarship to Boise State and had to make the Colorado team as a walk-on. McKnight - 5-11, 185 pounds - finished his college career with 215 catches and 22 touchdowns. McKnight is best friends with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez which, according to reporters, helped spur the team into drafting him. Of course, high school shenanigans are not the sole province of Jets draft picks. (See Smith, Lee, fifth-round pick of the Patriots; first-round selection of one of his high school assistant principals.) In a not wholly unrelated note, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich did not get drafted.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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