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You Get to Pay for Their Misunderstanding

Tyell Morton, a senior at Rushville (Ind.) High School, allegedly carried out a pretty standard end-of-year prank: sneaking a blow-up doll into the girl’s restroom. “It was just a senior prank, you know,” he said later. “I didn’t hurt nobody, I didn’t have no intention of embarrassing nobody.” Still, school officials suspended Morton, which kept him from attending graduation. But that’s the least of his problems: school officials panicked when they spotted him bringing the package into the building, and called the bomb squad. Morton, considered a good student with no criminal record, now faces up to eight years in prison on felony criminal mischief charges. “In this post-Columbine world,” said Rush County prosecutor Phil Caviness, “that’s what you get when these kind of things happen.” (MS/WGN Chicago) ...And here we thought Columbine taught us about the futility of the Zero Tolerance mentality.
Story Update: Formal charges were indeed pressed, but Tyell paid $329 in court costs, did 8 hours of community service at the high school, and stay out of trouble for a year, in return for all charges being dropped.
Publication Date: 26 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 17.
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