Mad at teachers, seniors trash projects, release pig, go to jail

Sunday, May 17, 2009 7:40 AM
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BLACKSHEAR, Ga. -- Police have charged two Pierce County High School seniors in a vandalism rampage in which students' agriculture projects were destroyed and $8,000 in damages amassed.

Patrick Thompson, 18, and Taylor Bagley, 17, both of Blackshear, were jailed on second-degree criminal damage to property charges, said Chris Wright of the Blackshear Police Department. They face up to five years in prison.

They are accused of breaking into the school's greenhouse last week and smashing hundreds of potted plants being grown as projects by agriculture students and members of the Future Farmers of America club.

They also are accused of damaging a nearby barn, and with releasing a pig, as well as many quail that students were raising.

The teens have been suspended for the remaining two weeks of the school year and "won't walk at graduation," county schools Superintendent Joy Williams said.

Williams said the pig was examined by a veterinarian, who said the animal will recover. It's unknown, however, if any of the quail can be recaptured.

Williams said the teens had been involved in a disagreement with the school's agriculture teachers shortly before the vandalism.

teresa.stepzinski@jacksonville.com, (912) 264-0405

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colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 07:46 am
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Milton, what about this one?

Milton, what about this one? I wonder which community will embrace these two hoodlums?

mad_max
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mad_max 05/17/09 - 08:15 am
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Give them the full 5 years in

Give them the full 5 years in adult jail and they or their parents need to pay full restitution for all damages. Judges, please do not just give them probation and a fine! Lock them up! The next ones who consider doing some "mischief" will think twice.

struggling parent
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struggling parent 05/17/09 - 08:18 am
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Do not let the parent pay for

Do not let the parent pay for it. The kids needs to pay it off. They think they are grown and can get away with anything they won't. Toss them in and when they get out, pay for it plust exorbitant interests of 35 %. That will take them awhile to pay it off since they won't be able to get a decent job.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/17/09 - 08:59 am
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Dumb asses...

Dumb asses...

andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/17/09 - 09:19 am
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5 years is a must! But what

5 years is a must! But what are they going to learn by having someone else, like their parents, pay for the damage? They're old enough to make adult decisions and be tried as adults, so why punish the parents?

braxtonkbragg_
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braxtonkbragg_ 05/17/09 - 09:41 am
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coal, they belong to us and

coal, they belong to us and we say give them the 5 years, How about you and yours, "bro"!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/17/09 - 09:52 am
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There's a noticeable

There's a noticeable difference between a high school prank and vandalism. These two have committed major vandalism on several levels. Their punishment should be confinement in city or county jail as they work off their debt with community service. No good time and no early release. Let their sentence be determined by their effort. They should also be required to qualify for a G.E.D. Parenting shows.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/17/09 - 09:53 am
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I'm sure it was just

I'm sure it was just incompetence, but the headline for this article is very funny. I thought of a bunch of grandparents going wild on a farm when I first read it.

NANF
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NANF 05/17/09 - 10:04 am
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Why are they not in jail

Why are they not in jail already? They have been charged, so what's the problem? Maybe their dads were BMOC ? Not being able to walk at graduation is no biggie to kids with their mentality. Dads will pay the fine and that will be it? On to the next capper boys.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/17/09 - 10:16 am
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No one will, these boys are a

No one will, these boys are a menace to society! I bet the community will not be parading for pardoning of these vandals.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 05/17/09 - 10:29 am
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PT, I also thought it was two

PT, I also thought it was two senior citizens when I read the headline! LOL These two should be put to work and made to pay back all the damage plus interest and kept housed in jail till they accomplish this. Also charged room and board while in jail so the tax payers want be paying for their keep. SusieQ

Tots
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Tots 05/17/09 - 11:16 am
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Milton-I think they should

Milton-I think they should have to pay.Not the parents.Work it off and pay the fines & damage.Some lock up time.But people on here wont them in jail for five years.But think the young lady who helped her boyfried rob someone in their home should be free.PT-the head line was funny when you read it that way.Thanks

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/17/09 - 11:23 am
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Hopefully, Superintendent

Hopefully, Superintendent Williams is a person of her word.

braxtonkbragg_
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braxtonkbragg_ 05/17/09 - 11:23 am
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Did the villians put lipstick

Did the villians put lipstick on the pig?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/17/09 - 11:32 am
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This has "Redneck" written

This has "Redneck" written all over it. I imagine the late night comedians will have a field day with this.

Ode
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Ode 05/17/09 - 11:37 am
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What?!?! No planned

What?!?! No planned demonstrations in Pierce county? No armed Black Panthers errrrr I mean Klansmen parading with guns and Al Sharpton errrrr I mean David Duke leading the uprising? I'm just shocked!

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/17/09 - 11:53 am
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According to Obama and

According to Obama and Pelosi, GW Bush did all the damage.

NANF
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NANF 05/17/09 - 11:56 am
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humbleopinion. Love that

humbleopinion. Love that one.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/17/09 - 12:06 pm
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They get what deserve, but

They get what deserve, but the story should give more detail on the "disagreement." Often those that have a hand in leading to escalated events never get punished.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/17/09 - 12:11 pm
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If they felt their grades and

If they felt their grades and future were being dictated unfairly by a teach (yes, they are human and falable, teachers do have favorites and pick on some students unfairly) then it could have led the kids to overreact feeling that no matter what they did the world was going to punish them. No one wants to talk about things like that going on in schools, but they do.

bone
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bone 05/17/09 - 01:00 pm
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imdstuf, what in the heck are

imdstuf, what in the heck are you talking about? the students may have "overreacted" because they were possibly picked on by a teacher? please tell me you aren't a parent...

georgiastoryteller
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georgiastoryteller 05/17/09 - 01:50 pm
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so I guess their trashing the

so I guess their trashing the place was their "expression" of disdain of their teacher, IMDSTUF? Give me a break. You probably also want the kids to get probation. I say lock them up, make THEM pay for the damages, AND spend some community service time after they get out on a local farm cleaning up after the animals. what brats.

jamesj
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jamesj 05/17/09 - 02:06 pm
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I sure do hope the pig will

I sure do hope the pig will recover... from being released.... or did I miss something, Or is this proof we never get the Whole story.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 05/17/09 - 02:12 pm
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Rest assured that these two

Rest assured that these two little hoodlums will NOT serve 5 years in prison. If these violations are their first arrests, then they may have an opportunity to plead guilty under the "First Offender Act" which plainly states that a probation period and/or a fine will be assigned, and if there are no other violations throughout the probation period, then their record will be wiped clean. This option is open to all first offenders at the discression of the District Attorney. I agree that their violations are reprehensible, and I would suggest to the Judge that as a stipulation of the plea that the violators would have to find jobs and work to pay off every penny of the damage, and that on their "off days" from their paying job that they be mandated to supply "sweat equity" in the repairs to the property. My interpretaation of the artile was that they have earned enough credits to graduate, but that they will banned from "walking" in their graduation.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/17/09 - 04:00 pm
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Maybe they were pig

Maybe they were pig molesting rednecks.

jack
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jack 05/17/09 - 04:15 pm
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Jail time and restitution.

Jail time and restitution. These are two criminal VANDALS. What abouot al lthe hard work the other students spent on their projects that were trashed? How do you compensate them?

inkpup
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inkpup 05/17/09 - 04:29 pm
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I hope they hired a counselor

I hope they hired a counselor for the pig.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 05/17/09 - 05:20 pm
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You can always depend on

You can always depend on humbleopinion to show how smart he is-

braxtonkbragg_
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braxtonkbragg_ 05/17/09 - 05:55 pm
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The pig is ok, she even liked

The pig is ok, she even liked the lipstick----just goes to show how wrong obama was right, you can put lipstick on a pig. Unfotunately, after that last little bit of wisdom, the poor boy went brain dead and hasn't said anything right since!

mesaywhat
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mesaywhat 05/17/09 - 08:33 pm
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I'm glad there are probably

I'm glad there are probably rational people to meet out the punishment to these kids. There are formulas that authorities follow. Have they been in trouble before? Are they remorseful? And I’m sure there are more.
When I first read the responses I immediately thought “lynch mob mentality” What bothers me the most are all of the people that are calling for punishments that far out way the crime, are probably sitting on a bench Sunday morning singing hymns to God.

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