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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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  • Sadisticon Aunty Alez 2011/06/22 11:29:40
    Sadisticon
    +1
    Overused concept. Wasn't it meant to discourage people from voicing conscientious appeals to government and social policy? If that is the case (and that's only MY view of the term 'political correctness') then it doesn't really apply to this incident. And i apologise for playing dumb (or maybe I wasn't playing - you'll never know).
  • matt 2011/06/16 02:07:56
    No, that's ridiculous
    matt
    +2
    if your not bright enough to figure this one out I give up.
  • virginia 2011/06/16 01:19:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    virginia
    +3
    why ruine his live when we all did stupied things when we were teens please.thier are murders who get less time in jail.not to long a a cop shot someone and got only two years.the bibile say he who dont have any sin's cast the first stone.to the parents of this teen fight this is not fare.dont let your son go to jail.talk to tv station and who ever you have to.
  • Skidplate virginia 2011/06/19 02:27:56
    Skidplate
    +1
    For real! Oscar grants killer only served 11 months! This poor kid. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard!
  • vonbrenn 2011/06/16 01:11:02
    No, that's ridiculous
    vonbrenn
    +3
    In NYC you only get 7 yrs. for murder. Next time he should just rob a bank...less time for that crime too. How stupid can these school officials be...happy to ruin some one's life over a prank that hurt no one...vonbrenn
  • Colin L 2011/06/15 23:08:48
  • hayate 2011/06/15 22:23:13
    Yes
    hayate
    Not for 8yrs...but he needs to learn some respect for girls....
  • kisha webb hayate 2011/06/16 15:04:24
    kisha webb
    +1
    U JACKASS, ITS ONLY A JOKE NOONE GOT HURT SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL!
  • Sadisticon kisha webb 2011/06/20 12:09:25
    Sadisticon
    Yeah.
  • Skidplate hayate 2011/06/19 02:29:58
  • Sadisticon Skidplate 2011/06/20 12:09:46
    Sadisticon
    +1
    Right on!
  • Eric S. 2011/06/15 21:45:39
    No, that's ridiculous
    Eric S.
    +1
    8 years for such a prank that doesn't hurt anyone. Have you ever wondered how the laws calculates for the jail terms for different cases, different people? Really ridiculous.
  • objective perception 2011/06/15 21:14:57
    No, that's ridiculous
    objective perception
    +2
    The actions of this school board is fundementally STUPID!!!
  • sam 2011/06/15 20:53:19
  • no nickname 2011/06/15 20:38:42
    No, that's ridiculous
    no nickname
    +2
    its simply stupid and should jail shouldnt even be an option. wow! thought it had a bomb in it? really? is just a damn blow doll right? taken too seriously is all im saying
  • gouki 2011/06/15 20:37:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    gouki
    +2
    make him clean both the male and female restrooms.
  • gothbride666 2011/06/15 20:03:13
    No, that's ridiculous
    gothbride666
    mayb needs 2 b in a juvinile hall or a detention center
  • SodaBrain 2011/06/15 19:33:57
    No, that's ridiculous
    SodaBrain
    +2
    Please... No, it wasn't right as he could have upset a little lady or five, but that is a way harsh punishment for a relatively harmless offense!
  • MS PRUD 2011/06/15 19:07:09
    No, that's ridiculous
    MS PRUD
    +3
    He should get punishment like cutting the grass at school or cleaning the floors but NOT 8 YEARS thats stupid and he should not get any jail time.
  • J39203 2011/06/15 18:39:54
    No, that's ridiculous
    J39203
    Not ridiculous but eight years might be a bit much
  • Mark In Irvine 2011/06/15 18:19:11
    No, that's ridiculous
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    Absurd.
  • Mud 2011/06/15 17:57:36
    No, that's ridiculous
    Mud
    +2
    The justice system is broken. The kid shouldn't have to pay anything. His prank didn't hurt anyone or damage any property. This is like saying if the cops think I'm a criminal and raid my house, I should go to jail for the time and resources that They used to falsely enforce the raid. Is anything at all he did actually illegal? Are blow up dolls illegal? He's 18. Are hoodies illegal? I have several. Is it illegal to go in the girls bathroom? Ok maybe. But still. :)
  • Stuart 2011/06/15 16:48:54
    No, that's ridiculous
    Stuart
    +2
    Idiots in charge. It isn't his fault they are so paranoid. We have teachers calling the police on kids in kindergarten now. People just need to get a clue.
  • Caitlin Wright 2011/06/15 16:34:26
    No, that's ridiculous
    Caitlin Wright
    +2
    That's not right it was a senior prank a few people I know did a very annoying prank but they got the Okay for the man in charge. It isn't right for a Teen to have 8 years in jail for a prank they did only once. :( Not right.
  • Jose 2011/06/15 16:18:49
  • RobThatGuy 2011/06/15 16:16:44
    No, that's ridiculous
    RobThatGuy
    +2
    Hell No!!! When I think back about all the crap I pulled in High School, if it were now... I'd be doing life! Naw Son, we need to stop this kinda crap before it goes any further! Jokes are Jokes, Pranks are Pranks, Let the kid Go!!!! He has suffered enough! Think about it, the summer after his Senior year is Blown!!! What more punishment does he need!?!?!
  • Eric S. RobThatGuy 2011/06/15 21:50:40
    Eric S.
    +2
    Imagine, if the kid is the son of high ranking politician/policeman/lawyer etc - would he have the same 8 year term?
  • Patricia.L.Graf 2011/06/15 15:56:47
    No, that's ridiculous
    Patricia.L.Graf
    +2
    That prank should never even go past the school authorities, who are these STUPID people who think a blow up doll is a "BOMB" I hope that this case gets thrown out of court.
  • Wutnagkillabeeontheswarm 2011/06/15 15:25:37
  • L.Givens 2011/06/15 14:49:01
    No, that's ridiculous
    L.Givens
    +2
    This Young man is a victim of serious over reacting .. Also being a young black man it never fails white people super react to any thing they do no matter how innocent. Cannot help but wonder if he was white would the reaction be the same. If was the prosecuting attorney would have moved to get this dismissed and his record cleared. Southern Indiana is worse and just as bad as the deep south in reacting to none whites, NO TOLERANCE! All None whites remember Rushville, Indiana is a place to pass through quickly and you all who live there let your voice be heard loud and clear against this injustice "this just a test to see how much can we do to them".
  • Azreal 2011/06/15 14:36:19
    No, that's ridiculous
    Azreal
    +3
    The Private Prison Sector grows richer every day that our laws grow stricter And the chances for Rehabilitation is slimmer, for offenders that spend more that 10 years in. Already the USA has the HIGHEST incarceration rate of the entire world. And we still want to find more ways to put people away, what a waste. All in the name of Profit I guess.
  • Joe Six pack 2011/06/15 14:17:48 (edited)
    No, that's ridiculous
    Joe Six pack
    +1
    Who answered Yes???
  • Sadisticon Joe Six... 2011/06/20 12:12:21
    Sadisticon
    Humourless, dried up ninnies.
  • hotman 2011/06/15 14:08:51
    No, that's ridiculous
    hotman
    +2
    Talk about paranoia....these old f**** seem to forget what they did when they were in school. It is just damn silly to go this far. I, and my buddies, did things a 1000 times worse than this and all we got was an ass chewing. This society we live in today is just way out of control. What next, charge him under home land security act?
  • DIANE 2011/06/15 14:08:34
    No, that's ridiculous
    DIANE
    +2
    it is understandable that the school might have been in danger. butttttttt, when all said and done nothing happened and to give him jail time is not the right thing to do but being that they are still kids, use it as an example of why he was arrested , most of it is because of the times we live in, and kids must change their pranks, years ago this would have been a joke, but the blow doll was not the crime , it was the hood and package, let that be understood with the kids , and tell them the threat they created, but yrs in jail is not the answer, the boy still does not understand because to him he was just having fun..... use him do not abuse him,,, service to the school might be a better idea..... do not treat him like an grown up. he is just a kid and his joke was not funny.....
  • Christy 2011/06/15 13:02:50
    No, that's ridiculous
    Christy
    +1
    we must give our teens some room to breathe, as long as the "toy" we not altered I wouldn't give him jail time
  • waynelaboy 2011/06/15 13:02:06
    No, that's ridiculous
    waynelaboy
    +1
    america is hell-o on a black man. desserts anyone? ZEE EMPIRE, ZHEEEEE'S CRUUUMBLING!
  • Nyce 2011/06/15 13:00:42
    No, that's ridiculous
    Nyce
    +1
    It's like using a bazooka ona fly...
  • SundayStoleYourCookieDough 2011/06/15 12:08:36
    No, that's ridiculous
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +3
    I'd understand if it WAS a bomb, but as soon as they found out it was a doll they should have dropped the charged. I'm not saying that he should have got off scot free, I'm just saying it's too much.
  • FPSRules 2011/06/15 11:52:05
    No, that's ridiculous
    FPSRules
    +2
    He should be sent home for a week and let his parents deal with him. The jack-wagons who came up with such a punishment should go to jail for being 'hetero-phobic'. This was a harmless teen prank - bad taste, yes - but nothing more.

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