One more lesson to learn

Before graduating, teens need extra instruction about ill-conceived 'pranks'

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What’s the difference between a prank and a crime? For four Greenbrier High School girls, it’s the difference between a
senior portrait and a mug shot.

The young women caused more than $5,000 in damage last week when they Super-glued 43 exterior locks on campus.

They also managed to cause an extended lockdown, and nearly had all senior privileges revoked for all their classmates, while school officials were applying pressure to find the culprits.

The girls will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies Saturday. They won’t be allowed to receive their diplomas at all until they pay back every cent to repair the locks at the school.

But far worse than that, three of the four have been charged with felony second-degree damage to property. The fourth, who allegedly helped plan but not execute the vandalism, was charged with a misdemeanor.

“It will not look good” if the three have felony convictions on their record, Superintendent Charles Nagel said, adding, however, that plea deals can always lower a charge.

This is what happens when you think something is a prank and is actually a felony. This is what happens when you go along with such a knucklehead idea. This is what happens when you don’t think things through.

Shaving cream on a phone. Vaseline on a doorknob. Upturned furniture. Soap in a fountain. These are pranks. They are pranks because they’re harmless. They do no damage to property or injury to others.

When these young ladies make their way into the world – and begin paying for other people’s “pranks” – they will understand the true impact of such actions. With any luck, they’ll learn that lesson even sooner, when they or their families reimburse taxpayers for the damage to Greenbrier.

It’s a lesson that shouldn’t be lost on their peers, either.

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countyman
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countyman 05/16/12 - 10:49 am
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Bizkit.. NO school in CC is

Bizkit.. No school in Columbia County is better than Davidson or AR Johnson... Davidson is usually ranked the #1 in the state, and fell to #2 this year.. Freedom Park, National Hills, CT Walker, Westside, etc ranked high too.. The high schools in Columbia County don't have a IB program similar to ARC, Nationals Hills, etc..

The 2011 8th grade reading portion of the CRCT showed what county has the real 'good' schools.. Greenbrier scored 100% in Columbia County vs Davidson, AR Johnson, CT Walker, and Freedom Park in Richmond County..

I think it's funny how some people are taking offense by the comments of people living outside of Columbia County... The citizens of Richmond County have to deal with those type of comments everyday lol...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/16/12 - 11:05 am
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JohnBrownAug, you can believe

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Don't know about anyone else but from experience, my son was arrested, handcuff, put in jail for several hours until we bailed him out for a traffic violation (not a DUI). After sweating it out for a week or two, we had a meeting with the sherriff and was told if he did not receive any moving violation citations within a year, all record of this arrest would be gone. Guess what......after a year and a half, by mistake looking through some data on the internet, I was able to key in my son's name and discovered he had been arrested. Although it was settled, the record still remains. I guess I have a couple more years to determine if JohnBrownAug is correct about after 6 years they are removed.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/16/12 - 10:48 am
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I didn't state there weren't

I didn't state there weren't good schools in Richmond County. I have a friend who has worked with these "select" individuals from the Magnet schools and she says they are stellar and ready for college. I get sick of all the comments too about how good the schools in Columbia county are compared to RC but my argument is it is the gene pool of students-not the school.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/16/12 - 10:58 am
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Potato Guns

I wonder what kind of charges those Davidson boys got when they made potato guns with alcohol/chlorine for the propellant. They got the chlorine bleach on their skin and the jig was up. Did Davidson kick them out? Did they get a police record for reckless conduct? I think the conduct occurred in Aiken County and the Columbia County Hazmat team was called out because they were caught in Columbia County.
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Here are some links:

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countyman
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countyman 05/16/12 - 10:55 am
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Bizkit.. Greenbrier and

Bizkit.. The original comment you made said Columbia County schools are better.. Unless you meant in terms of 'overall' scores then the statment is definitely not true... When you start to compare each school head up things change drastically..

Greenbrier and Lakeside have 'select' students due to their home address.. I knew you were going to bring magnet schools that's why I mentioned the IB program at ARC, and Freedom Park..

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/16/12 - 11:17 am
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Little Lamb, I do believe the

Little Lamb, I do believe the difference in disciplinary action between the schools and with law enforcement is that the young men from Hephzibath actually committed arson on school property and the damage was listed at $500,000, where as the students from Davidson were not on school property and did not damage school property. Actually the incident occurred during the summer if I recall correctly.

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allhans 05/16/12 - 12:03 pm
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"Records are

sorry!

eagle
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eagle 05/16/12 - 12:24 pm
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Too bad that the felony
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Too bad that the felony charge was taken off the table. TP..the community did not ruin these girls' reputations or lives..they did it theirselves. They know right from wrong and they screwed up. Once again, personal responsibility goes out the window.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/16/12 - 01:49 pm
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The difference countymam is

The difference countymam is the motivation of the comments.

Jane18
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Jane18 05/16/12 - 02:49 pm
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What are they thinking?

It would really be interesting to know what the girls are thinking and what kind of impact all this has had......Going to jail is sometimes a deterrent for some folks, I hope it has been for these girls.

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Conservative Man 05/16/12 - 03:28 pm
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Prank vs. felony

One lock is a prank. 43? A felony. Sorry. No sympathy on this one. Then to hear they stole the key to enter the school....I mean yikes!...Some have questioned the "shame" factor involved with arresting them at school, "in front of their peers" etc. And not allowing them to march with their classmates....but I say, shame is a great motivator...They will most likely pay restitution, a short term of probation (if that) and will definitely have their record expunged eventually....They will not be permamnently harmed. But I bet each of them will think twice before doing something this juvenile again...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/17/12 - 08:05 am
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Key?

To conservative man — What is this deal about a stolen key? The way the original story was written was that the damage to the locks was done from the outside. I never heard anything about the students entering the school to do their mischief. Can you enlighten us about the key?

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