Blow-Up Doll Prank Blows Up in Kid’s Face
Ooh, that does sound a bit wrong, doesn’t it? Wait until you see the penalty Tyell Morton could face for his air-headed attempt at fun.
For all the puns, this story is rather serious, albeit absurd.
An 18-year-old’s senior prank could result in an eight-year prison sentence.
From AP News:
A janitor at Rushville Consolidated High School saw Morton run away from the school May 31, and security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school with a package and leaving five minutes later without it, according to court documents.
Administrators feared explosives, so they locked down the school and called police. K9 dogs and a bomb squad searched the building before finding the sex doll.
While we live in a society of heightened sensitivity (with consideration to Columbine, terrorism, violence in the media, etc.), the charges levied against Morton are ludicrous, considering the outcome.
Morton was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and institutional criminal mischief, a felony that carries the potential of two to eight years in prison.
The “package” turned out to be a sex doll, not C-4, so why such a heavy hand? What justice is being doled out here? Don’t school systems have discipline strategies for what end up being harmless pranks?
Had this prank, as Morton’s attorney, Robert Turner put it, occurred in Indianapolis (rather than a small town in Indiana), charges wouldn’t even have been considered. “In my criminal justice careers many years, I’ve never seen such a ludicrous potential sentencing.” Whether or not that’s true, there is no justice in locking up a young (granted, stupid) person for a suspendible offense, at best.