Meet 18-year-old Tyell Morton.
Morton posed for the mugshot above after he put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school. Little did he know, school officials would call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record.
So Casey Anthony is free as a bird after “allegedly” killing her 2 year old daughter but this dude is facing 8 years for a high school prank?? I can’t!
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.
“We have reviewed this situation numerous times,” Rush County Schools Superintendent John E. Williams told the newspaper last week. “When you have an unknown intruder in the building, delivering an unknown package, we come up with the same conclusion. … We cannot be too cautious, in this day and age.”
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.
“I know there has been plenty of pranks done at that school,” said Morton’s mother, Cammie Morton. “I went to that school. When I heard what they was charging him for, my heart just dropped.”
I brought up Casey Anthony earlier in this post because legal experts have questioned the appropriateness of the charges against Morton.
The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country.
“The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?”
Joel Schumm, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, questioned the validity of the charges.
“Their reaction is understandable, but use the school disciplinary process,” he said. “Don’t try to label the kid a felon for the rest of his life.”
The Rush County Prosecutor Philip J. Caviness told The Associated Press that he doesn’t intend to seek a prison term for Morton, but said school officials acted appropriately and that the charges are warranted.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the charges that we’ve filed,” he said.
The moral of this story is…. You can be White, kill a baby and walk free but you can’t be a Black high school student with a sex doll.
Seriously? Is this what our country is coming to these days?