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

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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