by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Since when does a blow-up doll get a student put in prison? Apparently since now. Tyell Morton, 18-year-old senior at Ruschville High School, could get up to eight years in prison for simply placing a blow-up doll in the girls restroom at his school.
Morton was caught on school surveillance wearing a hoodie and latex gloves. He was carrying a package that he left the scene without. Out of precaution, school officials evacuated the school and called in the Indiana State Police bomb squad because they believed the package could have contained explosives. All that was in the package was a blow-up doll.
Morton admitted to the prank. He just does not understand what he did wrong or why he is charged with felony criminal mischief. After all, senior pranks are nothing new. Aside from that, he did not hurt anyone, he had no intentions to do so, and it is highly unlikely that anyone would have been injured had the blow-up doll released.
It does not look like school official care about that, however. All they see is the fact that the uproar cost them over $8,000. Mercilessly, one of the officials involved states, “In this post-Columbine world, that’s what you get when these kinds of things happen.” If authorities do not ease up on Morton, he will remain in prison, face up to 8 years, and miss the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive his diploma.
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