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Should Teen Get Eight Years in Jail for Senior Prank?

News 2011/06/13 15:00:00
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When sitting around the Pictionary board with your old high school buddies this coming July 4th, you might recall some classic (classic!) pranks you collectively pulled back in the day.

Hopefully none of you will have “just got out” for pulling one of those pranks a decade ago.

That could be the future glory days reunion for Tyell Morton when he returns to his hometown of Rushville, Ind.

Last week, the 18-year-old Rushville High senior's great prank idea turned serious when authorities had to be called to investigate and remove a nefarious blow-doll Morton placed in a girls’ restroom.

As reported by local NBC affiliate WTHR, “Morton was arrested Tuesday after school surveillance cameras captured a picture of a man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and wearing latex gloves, concealing a package and leaving without it. Believing it contained explosives, the school was evacuated and the Indiana State Police bomb squad was called in.”

The senior whose mother forgot the R in his name and who has no previous criminal record has been spending nights in jail since Tuesday.

“It's not right. It was a senior prank,” Morton told WTHR. “They're blowing it out of proportion. I didn't hurt anybody, I didn't intend to embarrass anybody. What did I do wrong, you know?”

Robert Turner, Morton's attorney, stands by his clients claim that the school's charges are overblown. Unlike the doll, which we can only imagine was inflated to precisely the correct pounds-per-square-inch proportions...
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  • NhytFahl 2011/06/13 17:01:32
    No, that's ridiculous
    NhytFahl
    +36
    What ever happened to letting the punishment fit the crime? Good effing grief.
    letting punishment fit crime effing grief

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  • babyleo 2012/04/07 19:56:48
    No, that's ridiculous
    babyleo
    they should just give community service and a fine but not jail time. he have his whole life and they shouldnt take it away
  • Matthew 2011/12/26 07:31:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    Matthew
    It is the school's fault for assuming that it was a bomb. The school did not need to be evacuated to begin with, and it was just a blow-up doll, so now they know it was not a bomb which means there was no reason for him to go to jail.
  • Beccy 2011/09/05 02:39:25
    No, that's ridiculous
    Beccy
    This is priceless the kid goes to prison over a blowup doll and bankers skate.
  • abby 2011/08/17 20:06:16
    No, that's ridiculous
    abby
    He did nothing wrong!
  • ~ Niyala ~ 2011/07/25 15:03:39
    No, that's ridiculous
    ~ Niyala ~
    It's just a prank, they're blowing everything out of proportion.
  • cali 2011/07/25 04:45:26
  • Kimmy 2011/07/23 18:05:38
    No, that's ridiculous
    Kimmy
    That women that killed her daughter wasn't imprisoned due to little evidence that there was.She did steal and other crimes and she was in jail for only 4 years.They haven't said when but she's coming out this year.Only 4 years stealing and there giving an 18-year-old boy 8 years for a HARMLESS PRANK??????? America is so paranoid.
  • Anne 2011/07/10 23:52:33
    No, that's ridiculous
    Anne
    Only in America
  • Sara 2011/07/08 06:40:50
    No, that's ridiculous
    Sara
    Hes a kid being a kid.... So community work would do the trick not jail!!?
  • Josh 2011/07/07 23:21:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    Josh
    Its not that serious.... what scares me is that 89 people said yes
  • xXxSc3N3D3vilxXx 2011/07/06 05:36:54
    No, that's ridiculous
    xXxSc3N3D3vilxXx
    +1
    It was just a harmless little prank. No one got killed my goodness people are just blowing out it of proportion. Thats friggin ridiculous.
  • disclaimer 2011/06/29 06:52:15
    No, that's ridiculous
    disclaimer
    It was a stupid joke gone wrong. He showed terrible judgement, but eight years? Oh, for God's sake! Community service is more appropriate.
  • Sunne 2011/06/29 01:55:38
    No, that's ridiculous
    Sunne
    This is absurd! I believe in punishment when you do something wrong. Maybe it wasn't the smartest thing to pull a prank in school but at the end of the day, no one was hurt by his actions. The school; if it's so inclined, needs to discipline the student for violating school code. However, I don't think 8 years in jail is the right thing to do. If you want him to learn something, fine, give him restitution and community service. I've seen harden criminals get less time!! What is this world coming too!! This is wrong on so many levels!!
  • MrSexyPants 2011/06/27 21:46:47
    No, that's ridiculous
    MrSexyPants
    wowwwwww overreacting MAJOR. Like, wtf seriously??
  • Alicia 2011/06/26 12:12:30
    No, that's ridiculous
    Alicia
    Well if he IS going to jail, why not just make it like, 1 week? Come on, it's a senior prank! SERIOUSLY, nobody cares.
  • NathanPhillips 2011/06/26 05:51:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    NathanPhillips
    High school pranks should not cause jail time, when there are no victims involved. The fear of terrorism, should not allow for unreasonable punishment.
  • Wicked_Memez 2011/06/23 05:59:46
    No, that's ridiculous
    Wicked_Memez
    +1
    That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of, and I've heard some pretty stupid things.
  • jsinnn75 2011/06/22 19:33:22
  • Ella_x 2011/06/20 21:31:10
    No, that's ridiculous
    Ella_x
    What exactly is he being punished for? If you break down what he's done, the blow-up doll is a complete non-issue, the alleged break in (to his own school, mind you) is the only thing that can be taken at all seriously. Why is it an issue? It's his own school, and as we can all see, it's a piece of harmless fun. The school and the state aren't seeing it like that though, because they are applying adult circumstances on it where they are obviously not applicable- treating it as a criminal act instead of the childish prank it is. Schools are the middle-ground between the home and the adult world, slapping the law on misbehavior is detrimental and ineffective.Teachers should have the resources to know students and support them. Surely knowing a child is going through a tough time at home and keeping an eye on them is far better than waiting for some poor child to breakdown and shot at his classmates and then wonder why nothing was done, or no one noticed he'd been struggling?
    There's no nurture in this kind of environment, no support and no leniency. Isn't that what the ideal school should provide?
  • 83Pats12 2011/06/20 19:34:20
  • psycho 2011/06/20 16:21:12
    No, that's ridiculous
    psycho
    NO. you can not be serious!!!
  • Sadisticon 2011/06/20 11:57:53
    No, that's ridiculous
    Sadisticon
    Common sense prevails. So glad to see the majority does agree - this is getting stupid.
  • Sue MacDonald Kyak 2011/06/20 10:37:08
    No, that's ridiculous
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    +1
    I do get the fact that he caused a big problem (you can't do that stuff in these times) I'm thinking community service, a fine & probation would be more approriate. On another topic, how did his mother forget the "R" in his name??
  • Sadisticon Sue Mac... 2011/06/20 11:58:27
    Sadisticon
    ya know? Smoke much, mom?
  • Wicked_... Sadisticon 2011/06/23 06:01:52
    Wicked_Memez
    Haha that's what I was thinkin!! Lol
  • Alicia Sue Mac... 2011/06/26 12:13:44
    Alicia
    Haha wouldn't it be funny if his mother forgot the "T" in his name? :L
  • ernest debrew 2011/06/20 07:13:36
    No, that's ridiculous
    ernest debrew
  • Ian 2011/06/20 01:50:37
    No, that's ridiculous
    Ian
    +2
    Wow, everyone, don't go playing your juvenile little games any longer or else you might just get something a bit more than detention! Eight years in prison! Watch out, kids, now that you've seen what happened to your sneaky friend, Tyell.
    Ridiculous...
  • Glen 2011/06/20 00:13:59
    No, that's ridiculous
    Glen
    +4
    There is something way wrong with this whole scenario as written. The school can file a complaint, but the district attorney is the one who indicts an alleged criminal. But to be a criminal you have to break the law and have intent to do harm. The DA has a job where he can tell the school to stuff it if he determines no laws have been broken.

    Maybe if it had been disgusied as a bomb, but not for that. I fail to see what laws were broken.

    Maybe a school rule about being in the girls bathroom, but if no females were in there, where is the harm?
  • Michael 2011/06/19 05:50:11
    No, that's ridiculous
    Michael
    +2
    The watchword for school administrators these days is "Zero Brains." Damn conservatives should never be allowed positions of authority.
  • Sadisticon Michael 2011/06/20 11:59:42
    Sadisticon
    We don't know that this is one of those liberal vs conservative issues. It's all about common sense.
  • david s... Sadisticon 2011/06/21 14:25:19
    david shiel
    +1
    He's black. Book'em Daniel.
  • Skidplate 2011/06/19 02:09:50 (edited)
    No, that's ridiculous
    Skidplate
    +4
    Wow. How stupid! I can't believe he's actually in jail for this! Don't go sneaking into the girls' room kids. You could go to prison for 8 years!
  • gail 2011/06/18 22:10:28
    No, that's ridiculous
    gail
    +3
    Whoever voted yes on this question is an idiot.
  • Headshot760 2011/06/18 22:02:44
  • jifgirl 2011/06/18 16:45:34
    No, that's ridiculous
    jifgirl
    +3
    i realy think its stupid. kids from all ove the world and of all shapes and sizes from disease to disorder pull pranks. its a nateral human thing. plus its fun!!!!
  • Sabrina Bernard 2011/06/18 15:32:51
    No, that's ridiculous
    Sabrina Bernard
    +3
    Its a prank! chill. jeez its not like he is killing anyone to deserve jail
  • harry_mole 2011/06/18 01:34:21
    No, that's ridiculous
    harry_mole
    +1
    The more socialist "we" become, the more freedom "we" lose. More rules, more regulations, more stupidity!

    Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it's stated intent...
  • Sadisticon harry_mole 2011/06/20 12:00:39
    Sadisticon
    I don't think it's a liberals vs conservatives issue. I'm pretty sure it's about common sense.
  • lrb 2011/06/17 20:47:18
    No, that's ridiculous
    lrb
    +3
    An appropriate punishment would be a fine to pay for 1st responder costs and probably a 3 to 5 days suspension from school. Jail time is way overkill for the action.
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