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

Sunday, May 17, 2009 7:40 AM
Last updated 11:18 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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Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/17/09 - 07:58 pm
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These boys had no respect,

These boys had no respect, Mercy comes from God not men. Jesus often said make peace before you are dragged away and jailed. These boys didn't make peace, instead they took vengeance.

GaryBlutoBlutarsky
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GaryBlutoBlutarsky 05/17/09 - 09:28 pm
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Seriously? 5 years for doing

Seriously? 5 years for doing a high school prank? I mean, no doubt over the edge but no humans were involved and no animals were killed; I've seen much worse and they didn't get nearly as much. I'm glad none of you were young and stupid once.

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corgimom 05/17/09 - 11:56 pm
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How do you have remorse for

How do you have remorse for deliberate destruction? They didn't destroy the teacher's property, they destroyed students' property. Save a place for those 2 in prison, they aren't done yet. That is rage, pure and simple, and not a prank. They are twisted.

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Fiat_Lux 05/18/09 - 11:48 am
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They are KIDS, and kids are

They are KIDS, and kids are stupid. You were just as stupid once upon a time, but most of us didn't get caught in our more stupid pranks. No people were hurt, even no animals were hurt. Some people's hard work was ruined and property was damaged-- all valued at less than $10,000. And you people want to ruin these kids lives for that? For heaven's sake, where does that come from? It was not an act that deserves having their lives ruined; it's one that deserves proportional punishment and financial and sweat restitution. What a bunch of angry, vengeful people you guys are, with far too much time on your hands to have a decent perspective on life. Get out more and be a part of life that involves kids. It'll help balance you better.

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