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4 Greenbrier seniors jailed in school prank

Monday, May 14, 2012 11:04 AM
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A senior prank landed four Greenbrier High School students in jail Friday.

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Columbia County authorities charged Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 17, Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 17, Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 17, and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 18, with second-degree criminal damage to property, a felony, according to a sheriff’s office report.

They were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, Capt. Steve Morris said in an e-mail, and were later released after posting bonds of $2,600.

Three of the seniors squirted super glue onto 43 exterior locks at the school, causing more than $4,000 in damage, Morris said.

The fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but he didn’t specify which one.

The vandalism was discovered Friday morning as school opened.

School officials offered a reward and suspended senior privileges until tips provided to deputies uncovered the four suspects, Morris said. Greenbrier High Principal Chris Segraves said Monday that school system regulations prevent him from discussing any punishment the girls might receive.

Officials had not yet decided whether the girls will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies Saturday, Segraves said.

In January 2006, seven Burke County High School students were arrested when they squirted super glue into the locks of 33 doors and two gates, causing about $3,000 in damages, according to a report from The True Citizen.

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countyman
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countyman 05/14/12 - 11:11 am
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The chronicle is willing to

The chronicle is willing to print this, but not the fights, weapons, or drugs in the school system.. I guess we can't have the public know all those things happen in other counties too.. We all know why they don't published the tribunals outside of Richmond County..

twolane
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twolane 05/14/12 - 11:22 am
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this is unbelievable this

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this is unbelievable this prank has gotten more media coverage than the five teens that broke into a womans house and raped her a gunpoint in front of her kids....one two paragraph article on that and on this austin rhodes dedicated facebook post after facebook post and now another of several articles on this prank again......you folks seriously need to reevaluate whats news in this town

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/14/12 - 11:25 am
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If there are arrests...

The media will report them...there is no rule or "custom" for doing otherwise. School officials, by rule, do not release names of students in such matters, but law enforcement can and will.

...and no system around here gets special treatment of any kind.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/14/12 - 11:28 am
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Get Him Austin!

I was logging in while you were posting and I was going to tell Countyman basically the same thing. Also Countyman if you will look the article belongs to the News Times which is the official legal newspaper for the county. Fix you a link in your favorites!

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 11:37 am
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Countyman

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Everything is not a conspiracy against ARC. Give it a rest!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 11:43 am
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Boredom

Obviously this vandalism was done after school hours.

But I was talking to a high school teacher who said that the new process of giving the "end of course" tests early results in many days where the students (and teachers) must come to school and no instruction nor school work is done. I think the old days were better when your final exams marked the end of school. It does not make sense to give the end of course tests in late April – early May and then make the students keep coming back to twiddle their thumbs or watch Hollywood movies in class.

countyman
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countyman 05/14/12 - 12:03 pm
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Certain schools systems do

Certain schools systems do get special treatment in the local media... I've lived in both Richmond and Columbia before, and there's a BIG diffrence..

Do you really want me to believe Josey and Greenbrier get the same treatment in the media? If both schools had a school fight which one do you think is more likely to be reported on the local news...

It's not a coincidence the CC News Times or Aiken Standard don't regularly include the tribunals similar to Augusta Chronicle reporting on Richmond County..

I guess it's a coincidence the Aiken Standard or CC News Times doesn't have a crime map either... This dynamic is not unique to the Augusta area, but let's not act like it doesn't happen...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 12:34 pm
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So You Were Never Young & Foolish

There are always senior pranks. I am sure these girls did not realize the extent of damages the glue would cause.

Jake
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Jake 05/14/12 - 12:25 pm
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LL is correct

I have always wondered why the testing is done before the end of the school year and the prom also. My daughter had honors night last week for the school year and there is still 4 weeks of school left.

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/14/12 - 12:27 pm
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A Prank is a Prank is a Prank

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Glue on lockers is a time honored prank.

To other comments: There is one reason for the fantastic growth of Columbia County. It's the schools or rather the decent kids in the schools.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 05/14/12 - 12:31 pm
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I agree, Willow

Pranks have been around since I was in school (and don't even ask how long ago that was). Punish these kids...but really a criminal record? Guess when school officials have no "real" authority and young folks have virtually no respect for property or others it becomes necessary for law enforcement to step in. Personally, hard child labor would be my choice of punishment for them.

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 05/14/12 - 12:35 pm
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Long gone are the days....

I remember a kid stuck a firework in a locker in middle school. Blew the door right off the hinges. He wasn't criminally charged nor were Mom & Dad billed for the repairs. The student did, however, have to work as a custodian at minimum wage, until he earned enough to cover the damages AND learned how to repair the locker. Kids today need to be taught manual labor!

belle
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belle 05/14/12 - 12:36 pm
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Punishment for pranks

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I graduated in the early 80's and our seniors were criminally charged for their seemingly "harmless" prank. This is nothing new.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 12:36 pm
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Countyman

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First of all the "AUGUSTA CHRONICLE" that kinda says it all. Secondly, the Aiken Standard puts whatever they want in "THEIR" newspaper. Thirdly, Augusta is a bigger county, has more high schools and therefore more problems. It's not a conspiracy just because you say it is. Give it a rest already.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/14/12 - 12:40 pm
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If this is a first offense

If this is a first offense for these girls, there is little chance they will not be charged as first offenders and allowed to purge the record once their probation conditions are met. In the meantime, the big question is will they be allowed to march with their classmates at graduation.

Personally...I believe the best way to curb this activity in the future is to keep them out of the ceremony (they DO graduate, they just don't participate in the ceremony).

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Barry Paschal 05/14/12 - 12:48 pm
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Response to Countyman re: tribunals

Countyman: The Columbia County News-Times each Wednesday publishes the full results from all Columbia County school tribunal hearings.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 05/14/12 - 12:57 pm
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Willow that is BOGUS!

They are of the age now where they no right from wrong. My daughter is 13 and you can bet she already knows the affects of superglue. They have been smart enough to passed through the educational ranks and onto society as a HS graduate but they are not smart enough to know not to superglue locks. If you honestly believe your statement then you too were passed through the ranks. There has also been enough media attention given to the pranksters of the recent past, in Columbia County, and they knew their actions would have consequences and what they were doing was illegal. If one of my children did it then I would expect them to be punished because they do know better by that age.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 05/14/12 - 12:57 pm
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Willow that is BOGUS!

They are of the age now where they no right from wrong. My daughter is 13 and you can bet she already knows the affects of superglue. They have been smart enough to passed through the educational ranks and onto society as a HS graduate but they are not smart enough to know not to superglue locks. If you honestly believe your statement then you too were passed through the ranks. There has also been enough media attention given to the pranksters of the recent past, in Columbia County, and they knew their actions would have consequences and what they were doing was illegal. If one of my children did it then I would expect them to be punished because they do know better by that age.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/14/12 - 01:04 pm
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I spoke with a Greenbrier

I spoke with a Greenbrier teacher the other day and she told me that each of these girls feel they are of the "priviledged" class and know that their mommies and daddies will get them out of this!...I know, second hand info, but there it is. As far as them not being included in the graduating ceremony? So what? IF they do come from money, can't you just see their parents loading them up for some sort of special vacation to some island or on a cruise? I can see happening. Make the parents pay for it and make the girls learn to replace the locks themselves...under supervision, of course. Dumb decision on the girls part, that's for sure. Oh, well...nobody got killed or hurt (even though it could've been ugly had the doors been stuck during school hours, when a fire alarm went off.)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 01:08 pm
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Doors

43 exterior locks!?! Wow, that must be one huge high school! My high school had maybe six or seven exterior doors.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/14/12 - 01:17 pm
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For the record...

I'd rather err on the side of too much punishment than not enough at this point. This was criminal mischief and nothing more. I agree w/ Rhodes about not letting them walk with the other seniors, I also agree with the other comment about making them work for the money to pay for repairs and CCBOE can hold their diploma in limbo until that is done. Kids will still do stupid things so this is only a way to reach a few that will hear about these girls' fate.

@ LL. Their thoroughness is acknowledged and noted . HAH

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 01:28 pm
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ITSALLNEW11, What JUDGEMENT!

First, you judge four students entirely without a shred of information about them and then attack me who you absolutely know nothing about because I'm not jumping on the bandwagon with you to put them away or ruin their futures.

Of course there should be some consequences, who would think differently? However, having multiple felony warrants on four graduating senior girls who likely have no prior offenses for pulling a senior prank is just plain over reaction imho.

If the school had any authority left, (thank you liberals/ government) this would be handled without the police. Their parents would pay for the damages; they would not graduate with their classmates or go on the senior trip and would have community service to perform.

If that's not enough for you, lots of luck with your 13 year old. I just can't wait for you to experience the rest of her years. At one time or another, we have all done something that is against the law. That would include you and your’s, madam. Spoken words always return.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 01:34 pm
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That is just plain gossip!

JMO, now that's nothing more than unfair gossip.

I am beginning to agree with Austin on anonymous posting.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/14/12 - 01:36 pm
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The fourth girl planned this.

The fourth girl planned this. They need a plan?

kmb413
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kmb413 05/14/12 - 01:43 pm
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The same thing was done at

The same thing was done at Lakeside in 1993. I remember the boys were not allowed to walk at graduation, but graduated. They had to pay for the damage, but I am not sure if they had to do community service. I don't think they have a record now being that one of them is a business owner of a rather well known business in Augusta.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/14/12 - 01:48 pm
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The little sweetie pies

The little sweetie pies thought their friends wouldn't rat them out, eh?

Life is tough. It's even tougher when you're stoopid.

Now as an experienced father of 3 girls who have all passed to maturity and very productive lives in spite of some youthfully bonehead actions, I have to say that unless there are mitigating circumstances(prior behavior)that a strict regimen of restitution for all involved and all associated costs to the county should be just about right.

That and the embarrassment of their photo's here and in that other rag around town.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 01:47 pm
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Locksmith

Itsallnew11 wrote:

My daughter is 13 and you can bet she already knows the affects of superglue.

But these four girls were not huffing, IAN. They were carefully injecting the glue into locking mechanisms to cause a malfunction of the lock.

Jane18
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Jane18 05/14/12 - 01:53 pm
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Guilty-Not Guilty?

Of course they are guilty! They might be pretty-----pretty stupid! But, if you play, you must pay, and you know these girls were laughing and having a big ole' time squirting that super glue in those locks, never thinking of cost and work that would go into changing them. Can't you almost hear them later on their expensive little blinged up cell phones? I would hope the parents apply some type of punishment, but, in this day and time, parents are too lenient. Hopefully, one day they won't have to hire a lawyer for something more serious.................

happychimer
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happychimer 05/14/12 - 02:23 pm
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All the girls knew better. My

All the girls knew better. My 8 year old grandson knows better than to damage school property.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 02:25 pm
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RA is making sense to me

RA is making sense to me today:)

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