It's simple supply+demand. Wasn't it inevitable that some of the first batch would end up on eBay?
Intelligent kid, IMHO. He might not go into computing, but he could do well in business...
If we was a little more intelligent though, he would have said 'selling this one now, so I can buy a new one and a nice monitor for it in a couple of months'...
Not sure it requires much intelligence. The kid was given something for nothing and thought "great, I will make a few quid", although greed does seem to be the most valued quality amongst the business community.
Without knowing all the facts it is difficult to be too harsh. We don't know whether the pupil was randomly selected, or did they go out of their way to get one, equally we have no idea what their financial situation is. It is easy to say that if they are not interested it shoudl have been donated to a school, but for some people that money could make a big difference.
Although it is a shame, particularly as the foundation was picking up the bill, but it is more annoying to think that people went out of their way to order one on 29th February, just in order to make a few quid.
Based on previous experience with open source spoftware, even when there is a ready supply of Pi, you will still see them being flogged on ebay with a big mark-up - probably branded as a media server or an internet PC rather than as a Pi.
In the past I have seen people who download free software, burn it to CD and sell it on ebay as if it were a professional product.