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High School Student Arrested For Senior Prank

9:48 PM, Jun 2, 2011   |    comments
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Tyell Morton

It was a high school prank that blew up in the face of 18 year old Rushville high school senior Tyell Morton, walking from jail to face serious criminal charges.

"It's not right..." says 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?"

Morton was arrested Tuesday after school surveillance cameras captured this 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.

It turns out that the package contained a blow-up doll placed in the girls restroom.

Police say that Morton admitted putting it there as a prank.

He's charged with felony criminal mischief.

A hoax that the teens family says doesn't rise to the level of criminal charges.

School officials say that the prank cost them over 8 thousand dollars and prosecutors like Rush County's Phil Caviness, don't see the humor.

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

Jailed and facing up to 8 years in prison if convicted, Tyell Morton will also miss his high school graduation and isn't allowed on school property.

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

A good student and teenager who's never been in trouble with the law, now wondering how a prank went so wrong.

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