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Poem: News Item: Teacher Threatens Students With Voodoo 

If you do not spell correctly,
your fingers will fall off.

If you do not add and subtract correctly,
your nose will grow feathers and fly away from your face.

If you do not do your homework every day,
your feet will turn into frogs and search for a pond to live in.

If you talk in class without raising your hand,
your tongue will grow to the length of your leg.

If you come late to class,
your eyes will close and seal themselves shut for three years.

If you tell lies to your teacher or your parents,
cactus plants will grow in your ears, and your mouth will forget how to laugh.

If you tell your parents or the principal any of this,
I will disappear.
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