Ridiculous: Indiana Teen Faces Prison Time for School Prank

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An Indiana high school senior faces felony charges that carry up to eight years in prison for a simple school prank.

According to a report from WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Tyell Morton was arrested Tuesday after surveillance cameras caught him wearing a hooded sweatshirt and latex gloves, trying to conceal a package. The package was placed in a girls bathroom.

Thinking it might be a bomb, students were evacuated from the school and the bomb squad responded and removed the package. It turned out to contain a blow-up doll. 

Morton was charged with felony criminal mischief.

"It's not right..." said Morton. "It was a senior prank. They're blowing it out of proportion. I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't intend to embarrass anybody. What did I do wrong? Ya know?"

School officials are not laughing. They say it cost them more than $8,000. And Rush County prosecutor Phil Caviness said the charges are warranted. 

"In this post-Columbine world, that's what you get when these kinds of things happen," Rush said.

Morton has never been in any trouble before. Now he faces charges and will miss graduation.

"A senior prank, get put in jail? I hate to see what they put you in jail for nowadays, ya know?" said Morton.