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Seniors in prank banned from graduation

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:28 AM
Last updated 10:08 PM
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Four Greenbrier High School girls jailed last week for squirting super glue into door locks as a senior prank won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

Columbia County schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said Tuesday that the girls also won’t get their high school diplomas until they pay the $5,100 cost to repair the locks at the school.

On Friday, Columbia County authorities arrested Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 17, Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 17, Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 17, and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 18. They were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, a felony, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Three of the seniors allegedly squirted super glue onto 43 exterior locks at the school Thursday night, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said in an e-mail.

A fourth girl helped plan the prank, Morris said, but he did not identify 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 charged, Morris said.

All four teens were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released after each posted $2,600 bonds, Morris said.

In addition to their arrests, Nagle said the girls were suspended for the rest of the school year, which concludes Friday.

However, Nagle said the girls will be allowed back into the school to take their final exams. Any exam exemptions the seniors might have earned with good grades and attendance were lost when they were suspended.

When six Lakeside High School seniors committed an expensive school prank in June 1993, they also were charged with second degree criminal damage to property, were suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/15/12 - 09:50 am
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Really sad

such utter stupidity ruining the end of 12 years of school. Will stay with them the rest of their lives.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/15/12 - 09:54 am
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I agree

I agree trulyworried, what a way to end such a special time in your life.....wonder how they will expalin that to their kids some day? I think the punishment is good and hopefully they have learned a hard lesson and if the parents are smart they will make them all work to pay back every penny! If not, have they truly learned anything except mom and dad will pay it off for me? Let's hope....

eagle
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eagle 05/15/12 - 10:20 am
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Kudos to Mr. Nagle for his

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Kudos to Mr. Nagle for his decision. Hopefully, the parents will make the girls work to pay off the cost instead of paying it for them.

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 05/15/12 - 10:37 am
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Throw the book at them

Throw the book at them criminally as well... it is time an example was made, that this type of "prank" is not going to be tolerated. All four of the students are "adults" and should face the same punishment as say a 24 year old who maliciously caused such damage.. Some time in jail behind bars to reflect would not only do them good but also send a message to all those who might be thinking of doing the same....

Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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Thank you, Charlie. Clay

Thank you, Charlie.

Clay doesn't play.

Charlie doesn't play, either. What a welcomed change!

Mac2406
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Mac2406 05/15/12 - 11:04 am
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Bad choice

If these young ladies would have known the consequences of their prank, they probably would have changed their mind. However, choosing the punishment, I would have chosen the old fashion method. Called in their parents of all involved, had them work the entire summer at the school on the weekend, supervised by the parents, to include restitution. By taking their and parents time, in addition to improving the school appearance, they would have touch people they meet in society on what it means to make good choices.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/15/12 - 11:12 am
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Scary girls

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Once upon a time, it was the guys who always got themselves mixed up in knuckleheaded stuff like this. Sadly, the girls seem to have supplanted them in the stupidity stakes.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/15/12 - 11:16 am
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Mac2406, you are way to

Mac2406, you are way to sensible for the lynchmob mentality. Some of these folks need to clean the windows of their glass house

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 05/15/12 - 11:22 am
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Pranks vs Crimes

School pranks are FUNNY and not destructive. This was a crime and I fully support the punishment.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 11:40 am
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Guess they thought it was

Guess they thought it was pretty FUNNY until they got caught.

grouse
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grouse 05/15/12 - 11:49 am
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Let the punishment fit the

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Let the punishment fit the crime. This is overkill. I'm also wondering about the price tag for the locks. A little Acetone dissolves super glue quite easily in my experience.

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 05/15/12 - 11:58 am
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Thats the problem with most

Thats the problem with most of this generation now Willow, the "soft gloves" approach just does not work.. Blaming a FELONY on "kids being kids", or excusing this with statements like "you did worst things as a child" just fuels these childrens inhabitions to do things like this. as for our glass house, i can tell you this, i bet the mast majority of people in my generation did not cause THOUSANDS of dollars worth of damage and chalk it up to a "prank"...... It is not a lynchmob mentality to punish those who have been justifiably found guilty of a crime. It is not a lynchmob mentality to hope that a young adult would be punished the same as a middle aged or older adult.. when we start punishing and stop facilitating, perhaps, especially at this age, we will send a messgae that this type of criminal activity will not be toloerated no matter what color, sex, age or how much money you have.

NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 05/15/12 - 11:59 am
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Felony?

This was a felony arrest? Really? This is no laughing matter. 4 of our county citizens may be scarred for life by youthful indiscretion. Quit joking about it. I guess if the kids had been friends of the cronies running the county it would have been a different matter.

Fat Sam
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Fat Sam 05/15/12 - 12:07 pm
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The Girls parents do not have

The Girls parents do not have to pay a Dime of this bill unless they want to.
It would be good for these girls to learn that just because they are "Kids" they don't have to think about their actions till they are 18 is wrong.
It also serves notice to those who will graduate in the next few years that they too will be held countable for their prank(s).

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 12:09 pm
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fivobike1, to some extent you

fivobike1, to some extent you have a point, punishment should be given, but a 17 year old does not have the same mentality or maturity as a 25 or 35 year old. Would you punish a 4 year old the same as a 12 year old? By using your process of thinking, once you hit 16, you should be treated the same as a 25 or 35 year old. I don't think it's that simple. No one is coddling these kids and no one is saying they should not be punished. The intent of the act was for a high school prank. Yes, it was stupid and destructive, but my question is, was the intent to be destructive or to do something funny and hilarious that woud get them attention. Was the intent to do harm or was this kids doing what dumb kids do. Not saying it should be excused or overlooked, handled lightly, but can the point and lesson be learned without doing more harm than good. Is this about punishment and payback or is this about teaching a lesson so the mistake does not reocurr?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 12:16 pm
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Well Fat Sam, looks like the

Well Fat Sam, looks like the parents won't have to worry about paying since the girls will be spending a few years in jail (if some of these posters have their way). This is a felony charge and they could serve from 1-5 years if convicted so looks like they may have to wiat to collect on that restitution until they get out of the slammer. Oops, sorry, they won't be able to get a descent job cause of the felony conviction so we'll either be supporting them or it will take years to repay the government. Makes a whole lot of sense doesn't it.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/15/12 - 12:26 pm
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5obike, that's where you and

5obike, that's where you and I disagree. IT Is DEFINITELY about the supposed money. Just no one with the honesty to admit it. I never said they should not have punishment applicable to the incident. Those who rail unreasonably against them, their families, pretending to "know" their minds have some not so subtle issues flaring.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/15/12 - 12:31 pm
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If only punishment works ,

If only punishment works , why are the jails overcrowded ?

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 05/15/12 - 12:33 pm
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inChristlove your last

inChristlove your last statement says it all "this is about teaching a lesson so the mistake does not reocurr" a slap on the hand some compensation that the parents will more than likely fork out and an embarresing picture in the paper does not teach a lesson...to the culprits or their peers.... the state assigned a specific age to determine adulthood, at 17 years of age you are tried in superior court and not juvenile court, there for in all terms you are considered an adult, I do not believe that a 4 year old should be held in the same light as a twelve year old however i do believe a 16 year old does know right from wrong, and wether these girls realized that they where causing $2 worth of damage or $10,000, they intended to do damage. I ask this as well, would there be an argument if these young ladies got drunk at the prom then got behind the wheel and killed a family in an auto accident? Do we chalk that up to "kids being kids, lets not ruin their lives over a bad decision they made"?? the fine or punishment for a crime must do two things, punish the guilty and deter the masses from committing the same crime.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 05/15/12 - 12:38 pm
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I cannot help but laugh when

I cannot help but laugh when someone comments about 17 year olds not being a mature and cannot see last their actions- bull hockey! Would they superglue the locks at their own homes? There comes a point in the lives of youngsters and some adults when they need to be held accountable. Let's move past the superglued locks- defamation of state property- AMA knocking down road signs- is a felony.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/15/12 - 12:42 pm
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fiveobike I agree with

fiveobike I agree with everything you said.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 12:42 pm
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fiveobike1, I do believe

fiveobike1, I do believe there is a difference and I place a greater value on someone's life that I do a bunch of door locks so comparing the two is bogus. You said I do believe a 16 year old does know right from wrong, so does a 4 year old.

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 05/15/12 - 12:44 pm
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Willow, at what age then do

Willow, at what age then do we start punishing people for criminal acts then?? if not 18, then 20??? 25?? what does a 25 year old learn about the law that a 18 year doesn't know.. When do we learn what is right and wrong, is it the magic time between 17 and 21??? If i shoot you to death at 17, according to some of the logic at this post, i am less accountable then if i shot you at 20?? Come on!!! these girls knew what they where doing was criminal, wether it was a joke or not, thats why they "snuck" back to the school and did it when they thought no one would catch them.. thats why they did not come forward when it was announced over the PA that the administration wanted to speak to the people who did this..

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/15/12 - 12:50 pm
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Felony: Too Harsh!

Misdemeanor fine, probation, comunity service all summer and restitution. Record cleared after completion of all of the above!

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 05/15/12 - 12:51 pm
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thats just it inChristlove,

thats just it inChristlove, if we don't hold these people to this standard and punish them as the adults they are then where do we draw the line? does it take a 17 tear old killing someone before we treat them like an adult? i know this is a bit off from putting glue in locks, however these kids need to know that their actions have consequences before their actions do more than monetary damage, and if it takes "throwing the book" at those who commit these crimes then so be it.. Too many "kids" have the mentality of "what can they do to me i'm only 16 or 17 or 18...."

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 12:54 pm
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wise ole man......where has

wise ole man......where has it been stated that these students should not be held

" the fine or punishment for a crime must do two things, punish the guilty and deter the masses from committing the same crime."

So you agree if they are given several month or a year in jail, that is fitting punishment for these 17 year olds? Do you really think that is going to deter the masses? Do you think this is really going to teach them a lesson and what lesson do you think are they going to learn spending say 3 months in jail.

Several on here have already stated restitution needs to be made, they've hopefully been embarassed by all of this, and they'll not graduate with their high school class. So what kind of punishment is left except for jail and a criminal record. I'm sorry, to me jail and a criminal record just seems a little harsh for someone who has not been in trouble with the law before and the intent was a high school prank (whether it ended up as that or not).

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 12:57 pm
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Like I said fiveobike1,

Like I said fiveobike1, comparing destruction of property to murder is so bogus.....not even close to the same.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 05/15/12 - 01:06 pm
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kids at another school turned

kids at another school turned in cans of spray paint yesterday because they didn't want the same punishment- yeah, this deterred further actions.
InChrist- when do we plan on people becoming accountable? Sure, these girls parents probably will pay restitution. What a child who comes from poverty- do they go to jail just because daddy can't write a check? Same punishment for all. There is also a bigger punishment facing these girls- there aren't too many colleges that accept felons. Assuming they were college bound, the parents may need to visiting the DA and asking for a lesser sentence, most career criminals are 1st offenders at one point in their life.

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galaxygrl 05/15/12 - 01:11 pm
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TOO HARSH

Thank you Sweet Son for your comment. Welcome to the police state. The girls made a dumb mistake and should have to pay for it. But their parents will pay the fine so they can graduate, I would. Life is about learning from your mistakes. Lesson learned, I hope. Better yet, let's put everyone in jail for the smallest offense and then get the tax payers o pay for it. Soon there will be more people in jails than on the street.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/15/12 - 01:20 pm
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wise ole man, please show

wise ole man, please show where we said these girls should not be held accountable? Where did we say these girls should be left off with a slap on the hand? Where id we say that these girls shouldn't be punished?

"What a child who comes from poverty- do they go to jail just because daddy can't write a check? "

No a child from proverty just as has been suggested of these girls, should work the summer to pay back restitution. Make them work and garnish their wages. She if it's done right, doesn't matter if it's some poor black minority or some rich white kid....lesson learned, restitution paid, and each kid has a second chance to do the right thing.

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