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Senior prank gone wrong: Caledonia High teens arrested for felony burglary


Top from left, Kelsey Jones, Stephanie Hopper, Sunnie Rushing; and bottom from left, Kara von Kanel, Patrick McIntyre and Amber Hankins, are charged with burglary after breaking into Caledonia High School early Tuesday in an apparent high school prank. All are seniors at the school except McIntryre, who graduated last year.

Top from left, Kelsey Jones, Stephanie Hopper, Sunnie Rushing; and bottom from left, Kara von Kanel, Patrick McIntyre and Amber Hankins, are charged with burglary after breaking into Caledonia High School early Tuesday in an apparent high school prank. All are seniors at the school except McIntryre, who graduated last year.
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Half a dozen Caledonia teens found themselves being booked at the county jail Tuesday after an apparent senior prank. 


Caledonia High School seniors Kara Von Kanel, Sunnie Rushing, Amber Hankins, Stephanie Hopper and Kelsey Jones, along with 2009 Caledonia High graduate Patrick McIntyre, were arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office Tuesday afternoon after zip-tying the high school lockers shut and spreading oil or soap on the floor of the commons area. 


The seniors, all 18, and McIntyre, 19, were charged with burglary of a commercial building. The Caledonia Marshals'' Office helped sheriff''s deputies locate the teens and take them into custody Tuesday afternoon, said LCSO Detective Tony Cooper. The vandalism occurred at around 1-2 a.m. Tuesday morning. 


"Between 1 and 2 yesterday morning, they broke into the Caledonia High School to play a senior prank," Cooper noted Wednesday afternoon. "They kind of vandalized the school, you could say." 


The prank didn''t leave any lasting damage and was no cost to the schools to clean up. 


"There really was no damage to the school, with the exception of having to clean up the school," Lowndes County School District Superintendent Mike Halford said Wednesday afternoon. 


The teens attempted to zip-tie the doors shut but were unsuccessful, said Cooper. 


Over the years, the number of senior pranks has died down in Lowndes County schools, said Halford. 


"It just depends on different groups," he added. "You can go years and never have them, and you can have four or five during a year''s time. When I was principal at New Hope, it was more during homecoming week. (Pranks) used to be a major issue at Caledonia and New Hope." 


While Halford said, "There will be disciplinary measures," he would not divulge what action would be taken against the students, who are scheduled to graduate on Saturday. 


"Any child involved in stuff like this will have to make restitution," Halford said. 


Columbus Municipal School District hasn''t dealt with senior pranks in several years. 


"Columbus High School has not experienced any property damage or destructive senior pranks over the past several years," said Caig Shannon, Columbus High principal and special assistant to the superintendent. 


"At any time should a student''s action destroy school property, the district will seek restitution and disciplinary action based on policy printed in the Columbus School District''s Student Handbook," he added. 


Calls to Caledonia High School Principal Randy Barnett were not returned by press time.




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Article Comment jeff commented at 5/13/2010 10:51:00 AM:

OH MY!! Burn them at the stake! Yes this was wrong to trespass on school property after hours but was there any true damage. Did they intend to destroy anything. Obviously there was not a judge's or officials child among them. Go ahead and send them to jail or prison and see what type of individual is produced. I see there was no mention of drugs or alcohol in this artice. That is the true problem in high schools today. Maybe the police are just real bored in that area. What a waste of your tax dollars Columbus.


Article Comment WHOKNOWS commented at 5/13/2010 10:55:00 AM:



Article Comment Suzie commented at 5/13/2010 11:00:00 AM:

I agree Jeff! Haven't most of us all done stupid kid stuff at least once in our life? I am assuming those wanting to point fingers have never rolled anyone's yards or forked? or how about cow tipping? Have these kids do some volunteer work and let them go..this is ridiculous to waste time and money on!


Article Comment Karen commented at 5/13/2010 11:04:00 AM:

Yes, we have all had our share of fun...but my group was just never dumb enough to get caught !!!


Article Comment seriously??! commented at 5/13/2010 11:06:00 AM:

First let me say that I do not condone the destruction of school property. And breaking into the school was not the smartest thing I have ever heard of. With that being said, this was a PRANK. No lives were taken, no injuries occurred and there was no theft. Restitution should be paid, and community service wouldn't be a bad idea either. So, how about getting back out there, LCSO, and arresting the drug pushers, rapists and theives. Those are the sort of mug shots that people love to see published, instead of a handful of silly seniors.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 11:29:00 AM:

Ok, people. So where do you draw the line? What if they broke into your house as a prank? If that were the case, I believe many of you enablers would be singing a different tune. They weren't throwing water balloons; they broke into a building. There's a difference between doing things for fun and doing utterly stupid things. In this case, criminal activity was attached to their decision - stupid prevailed.

There is a lesson to be learned here and it directly deals with being able to think before you act. If they see that there are no consequences for this stupidity, they will continue to take it to another level and another level and so on. Thanks to a lack of discipline at home, too many kids these days react like animals and never think of the consequences of their actions because they've never suffered any at home. Maybe this will serve as a wake-up call.


Article Comment chill commented at 5/13/2010 11:35:00 AM:

Hmmmmmm.....The now famous "FOUR STOOGES" signed a petition trying (unsuccessfully) to get a now convicted Caledonia murderer's trial location changed last year, because of who's family he belonged to. The HIGH Sheriff even let HIM out of jail initially with NO CASH OR PROPERTY BOND! I'm sure you can expect more of the same from them on this tragic, dangerous, life threatning CRIME!!!! LOL.

How many Sr. prank stories have all of you heard of, or been involved in over the years? ie: goats turned loose in the schools, etc... Let's get down to the business of catching REAL CRIMINALS FOLKS?!?!?! Don't ruin these kids lives with criminal records!!!!!


Article Comment t commented at 5/13/2010 11:44:00 AM:

Well, I agree with some of the post. However, I know some of the girls and One in particular goes to church with my family. She comes from a VERY good family. So, you can't say it's lack of disipline at home for all of them. I have had to explain this to my on kid's. They are saying how when they get to be Seniors they want to be able to do a senior Prank, I explained that there is a HUGE difference between doing a Senior Prank and breaking into the school. I do believe that breaking into the school was wrong, but being a felony for the rest of your life over something stupid like this...Im not so sure about. This will have to be put on every job application and can prevent them from getting some job's. Make them pick up trash on the side of the road for the summer.


Article Comment Jimmy commented at 5/13/2010 11:48:00 AM:

A felony charge? That's pretty ridiculous. Nothing was stolen, no one was injured, no property was damaged. I know all of these people, and they aren't criminals, they were just having fun. I'm just wondering how you can call it a felony burglary when NOTHING was taken. This is just another high school prank taken way out of hand, so I know the charges will be reduced, if not dropped. I got expelled a couple years back, arrested, and charged with a felony "bomb or explosive of mass-destruction charge;" which was also an incident with no harm done to property or people, but was taken out of hand. Best of luck with all of the fines that they throw at you guys, cause I'm sure you will have some. I know it costs money to get bonded out of jail, hire a lawyer if necessary, pay a fine probably. I'm sure things will work out, but it really sucks that harmless pranks are taken so out-of-hand. Put the real criminals behind bars, not my high-school class :(


Article Comment bully 11 commented at 5/13/2010 11:54:00 AM:

This will never go to trial because a conviction for Burglary will be impossible. It will get changed to Trespassing and the young kids will hopefully have learned a lesson. What a waste of time and tax payers money. You can tell the sheriff's election is still a couple of years away.


Article Comment seriously??! commented at 5/13/2010 11:54:00 AM:

Wow Dave, I was in agreement with you regarding the stupidity (although I prefer lack of good judgement)of these kids and possibly even regarding children's lack of discipline at home...but "too many kids these days react like animals..." You're on your on with that one. I don't know if you have kids of your own, or if yours just happen to be the only perfect ones on the face of this earth. I do have kids, and I can assure you that mine do not behave like animals...why, they even close the door when they come inside, further proof that they weren't raised in a barn.

@chill: I would add some to the senior pranks list, but I'm not certain of the statute of limitations on such! :)


Article Comment Barbareebob commented at 5/13/2010 11:55:00 AM:

When I was young a boy climbed on top of Lee High to do a prank and the back of his head touched a power line and he was electrocuted. Kids need to know they should be doing something constructive or bad things can happen. Even if they mean no harm to anyone it can happen, even to themselves.


Article Comment jd commented at 5/13/2010 12:06:00 PM:

Better to deal with it now than to allow them to get away with it
and think that they can get away with more serious crimes. I agree
that community service is a good consequence. No injuries occurred
but with soap and/or oil on a school floor, someone could have been
permanently injured! Thank God they weren't.


Article Comment onlyhuman commented at 5/13/2010 12:17:00 PM:

I know that this was only a prank and the students didn't mean any harm but breaking and entering is a crime no matter where it occurs. What would you say if they had done this prank in your home and oil and soap had been placed on your floor would it had been just a stupid prank then. I don't think they should go to the extreme on the punishment but I do think they were old enough to know better and by the way my class didn't do a senior prank. We didn't want any hold ups in receiving our diplomas.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 12:28:00 PM:

Congratulations to the LCSO on another well done job... taking these senior prank criminals off the street. I know I'll sleep better at night:) I think a pay raise is in order. lol.

Just so you know, they are paying for the clean up at the school :) and aren't getting away with anything.

Now the detectives can get back to arresting the real criminals and murderers that have been walking the streets for years. Pass the doughnuts, please.

I know some of these young people and they are not stupid by any means. Definitely smarter than most, and most likely smarter than most of the ones that want to shoot them by firing squad. Can you say in the top 10 of their graduating class?

Who hasn't made dumb decisions at 18? I know I did. Like someone said, lack of judgment.

And they will graduate with their class, much to your dismay, ANNA. Sorry to disappoint you.



Article Comment Remy commented at 5/13/2010 12:32:00 PM:

When I was in my early teens some friends and I accidentally set a field on fire after making a small fire of our own after playing with fireworks. My friends and I ended up raking a large field of cut grass for three Sundays after that and I didn't have a record of arson hanging over my head for being stupid as a kid. That was a fork in the road for me and I stayed away from trouble after that. I'm all for pranking and I know that breaking into the school is wrong but I do think you have to lok at the intention behind it. I'm not in favor of the soap/oil on the floor as that could have been a safety hazard with someone slipping and falling so the prank should have been thought through more carefully. I think a small fine and some community service is plenty good enough for a punishment.


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 12:34:00 PM:

First off, this is not news worthy.

Anna, you think they shouldn't be able to walk? I am afraid you may be mentally retarded, therefore I will make no further comments on your post.

Dave Miller, you seem like a very bitter person. Did no one let you in on the senior prank in high school. Criminals should be punished severely. Gang members, thieves, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers, etc. Seniors playing a prank that destroyed nothing and harmed no one? Not so much. I also disagree that if they get away lightly with this that they will continue to delve deeper into a life of crime. Hear that kid's, Uncle Dave says if you pull a prank and don't get a severe beating, you will be smoking crack rock and stealing cars before you know it. I think not. A light punishment suits the crime just fine. The embarrassment from having their mugshot plastered on the front of the newspaper is more than likely punishment enough.

I think this has already wasted enough taxpayer money as it stands. Lower the charges to trespassing and give them community service. That, or make them stand on the side of the road holding a sign that says "I am an idiot and broke into the school".

"Columbus High School has not experienced any property damage or destructive senior pranks over the past several years," said Caig Shannon. Really? Is that supposed to make Columbus High seem like it has an administration that is on top of things? Does Columbus high even have a senior class? I figured they all dropped out before then. Some of them were probably going to pull a senior prank but got caught up in a drive by.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 12:45:00 PM:

@Seriously???: With all due respect, you're taking my comments way too far out of context and I believe you know that. First, my kids aren't perfect - nobody is. Second, I never wrote that all kids were that way, but I do base my opinion of "too many of them" from not only being a parent, but also a high school teacher for many, many years. I deal with this in some manner and on different levels every day at work. I can only form my opinion based on my 24-year career of working with youth, not just raising my own kids and knowing their buddies. If the general public only really knew what is going on with our youth today, things would be different.

I know that even some of the best kids will make some stupid mistakes, but knowingly committing the level of crime they committed in this case should be a red flag for their parents. I'm not sure that jail time is the answer here, but there has to be some form of meaningful punishment for what they did.


Article Comment nicky commented at 5/13/2010 12:48:00 PM:

"The prank didn't leave any lasting damage and was no cost to the schools to clean up"
~this statement in the article makes me wonder why the students were arrested. i completely understand getting into some trouble for trespassing, but being arrested and booked (i feel) is just a little much. i am more than certain that they have learned their lesson.


Article Comment nicky commented at 5/13/2010 12:48:00 PM:

"The prank didn't leave any lasting damage and was no cost to the schools to clean up"
~this statement in the article makes me wonder why the students were arrested. i completely understand getting into some trouble for trespassing, but being arrested and booked (i feel) is just a little much. i am more than certain that they have learned their lesson.


Article Comment undecided commented at 5/13/2010 12:48:00 PM:

The punishment from the school should be treated the same as if it had happened earlier in the year. Most likely, they would have been suspended for a few days in addition to paying restitution. Suspension during the graduation ceremony? Some of their classmates knew where to draw the line and not participate when the prank was being hatched. Felony does seem harsh though.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 12:51:00 PM:

@ Lance: If holding people responsible for their actions and teaching respect of self, others, and other's property makes me a bitter, then I'm as sour as they come. Your comments have done nothing more than to prove my point. Thanks, but I don't need your help. Do yourself and the public a great deal of good and quit putting words into other people's mouth to try to make yourself look like you have some measurable level of intelligence. It's very unbecoming and quite sad.


Article Comment Formerresident commented at 5/13/2010 12:55:00 PM:

What these students did was show a lack of judgement. Should there be repercussions for their actions - YES. An issue I would be concerned with if I were an employee of CHS, is how safe is my classroom if they were able to break in the school? And if there was no damage, how did they do this? Might need to look at campus security. There were good kids at Columbus High School that made a wrong choice also, one year I was there. Should a moment's lack of judgement keep you from walking - I don't think so. Give them community service.


Article Comment Randy Sparks commented at 5/13/2010 1:05:00 PM:

Ok they came into the school after hours, so yes technically they broke in but burglary??? The article never states they took anything and specifically states that no damage was done. These kids at worst should have been called in with their parents and made to clean up the floor they messed up. My senior class played a prank way back in the old days......1990, and we actually had a member of leadership in the school give us a key to the building. Pranks used to be fun and expected. I used to live in Lowndes county, specifically in Caledonia and I know for certain there are a lot more pressing issues in the county than arresting these kids.


Article Comment chrissy commented at 5/13/2010 1:06:00 PM:

Considering the world we live in today this is small stuff! I do not know any of these students, but the intent to do harm just does not seem apparent to me! I agree, they should have cleaned up the mess, but to be arrested and stuck with a felony is a bit much!


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 1:27:00 PM:

Ah Captain Dave, so you are bitter. I commend you for admitting that you have a problem. That is the first step to solving said problem. It was you, if anyone, that put word's into someone else's mouth. You stated, "If they see that there are no consequences for this stupidity, they will continue to take it to another level and another level and so on". I simply elaborated on your hypothesis. Your first post gave the impression that they were guilty of a horrendous crime and should be punished accordingly. I too think it is worthy of punishment, but the punishment should fit the crime. In the overall context of this story, I feel that the crime is very insignificant. I would have to say that your attitude is very unbecoming. Cheer up buttercup! Have a nice day.


Article Comment What!!!? commented at 5/13/2010 1:34:00 PM:

Congratulations Tony Cooper for getting these criminals off the streets of Caledonia. Had you not come to the rescue who knows what else they could have zipped tied and oiled in our town. As Jd so prudently pointed out someone could have fallen down, this could have led to an epidemic of bruised bottoms in Caledoina. Let us not waste time arresting those who commit crimes related to drugs and alcohol, the issue of "Pranks" is much more prevalent in our community. The fact that they had the audacity to crawl in an open window (one they left open earlier) to do such an awful thing is enough reason to charge them with a Felony Burglary and not something like Malicious Trespassing. Never mind the took nothing they broke nothing they "kinda vandalized" according to Tony Coopers statement they should throw them in jail and ruin their lives just when they are getting ready to start them. Because as others that have made comments on this artical I am sure I am a perfect parent with perfect children who would never do anything as bad as a Prank.


Article Comment tom commented at 5/13/2010 1:37:00 PM:

This whole thing has gotten out of hand. First on the news and now the front page of the paper, over a senior PRANK! And they are talking about felony charges and not letting them walk in their graduation ceremony!! That is stupid. Yeah they shouldn't have let themselves into the school but the rest is just funny, I don't care who you are. Make them clean up the mess, let them have their fun and forget about it. Let the news show us the real problems of the world.


Article Comment Potatoe/Potato commented at 5/13/2010 1:45:00 PM:

Amen Tom! Dont ruin their lives over something so small. Yeah breaking and entering is a crime, but really turning a senior prank into a felony? The mayor of Columbus himself and chairmen have done worse than this. And he is still Mayor! So reality check 101.... couple sr's leaving their mark and memories or couple GROWN men fighting over a community action plan there is nothing Lowndes County leaves uncovered....EXCEPT all the drugs and drug pushers in the county!


Article Comment MB commented at 5/13/2010 2:09:00 PM:

You have got to admit that this is funny! Funny not because they broke into the school but funny that they actually did something this dumb. Make them do some community service or something. I bet they learn a lesson from this and hopefully will not do anything dumb like this in the future!!

We all did some dumb things when we were younger and most of us got lucky because we did not get caught or even hurt.

I have got to admit that those mugshots look a lot better than some we see on here! The boy does need a haircut and a shave. I am sure that the embarrassment of their pictures being all of the internet will be enough to settle them down for a while. I can not wait to see if they make it on the site thesmokinggun!!


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 2:09:00 PM:

Lance... the very mouth you accuse me of putting words into is my own. How is that possible? Do you even know the meaning behind that statement? Your stupidity is showing.

Only a half-brained, nit-wit at best (that seems to be you here)would describe my original post as declaring that what these kids did was a "horrendous crime." If that's what you want to believe, then believe it. But since they are my words and I know the meaning of which I write, I'm telling you that you've read something out of context and have put words into my mouth.

Let's face it, your stance is weak, you know it's weak, but you're doing everything possible to save face. Exageration of another's words is a sure sign of intellectual weakness and you, my friend, are wearing its billboard.


Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 5/13/2010 2:10:00 PM:

"Columbus High School has not experienced any property damage or destructive senior pranks over the past several years," said Craig Shannon. Really? Is that supposed to make Columbus High seem like it has an administration that is on top of things? Does Columbus high even have a senior class? I figured they all dropped out before then. Some of them were probably going to pull a senior prank but got caught up in a drive by."

Lance, maybe Craig Shannon considers serious stuff to be real crimes and not pranks, like guns in the school parking lot (two shoved under a CPD police car in one night), the 300+ liquor bottles, beer bottles and beer cans I've picked up in Shannon's high school parking lot over the last seven years or the CHS students caught walking down the road with equipment stolen from the school. Maybe he doesn't think those serious incidents "count". Then there was the young kid whose face was crushed in a fight in the parking lot.
Nope, he might not consider those pranks (and I agree, I think they're crimes) but living next to the school for 13 years, I know there was an incident involving superglue and cement and the perpetrators were all released to the custody of their parents. That wasn't that long ago and, from the disposition of the case by the PD and the school district, I'd say they considered that a prank.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 2:12:00 PM:

Good post, MB!


Article Comment Katie commented at 5/13/2010 2:12:00 PM:

I personally know these 6 people very well, and as a fellow 2006 graduate of Caledonia High School I believe that this is getting blown entirely out of proportion. In past years there have been acts such as spray painting the sky lights in the commons area, and no actions were taken....... but now police, and the school want to take action and make an example out of these 6 students, who I believe are very well behaved! I call BULLCRAP! It's a senior prank, one that I can assure you carries lighter damage than past pranks. The media should stop blowing it up and making a huge deal over nothing. Baby oil and zip tying the lockers......personally I find it HALARIOUS!


Article Comment Katie commented at 5/13/2010 2:13:00 PM:

I personally know these 6 people very well, and as a fellow 2006 graduate of Caledonia High School I believe that this is getting blown entirely out of proportion. In past years there have been acts such as spray painting the sky lights in the commons area, and no actions were taken....... but now police, and the school want to take action and make an example out of these 6 students, who I believe are very well behaved! I call BULLCRAP! It's a senior prank, one that I can assure you carries lighter damage than past pranks. The media should stop blowing it up and making a huge deal over nothing. Baby oil and zip tying the lockers......personally I find it HALARIOUS!


Article Comment king commented at 5/13/2010 2:16:00 PM:

A 2006 high school graduate WOULD find nothing wrong with this and consider it hilarious, but what more can we expect from a person around the same age and maturity level?


Article Comment r u kidding? commented at 5/13/2010 2:19:00 PM:

I think that this is bull crap, These 6 people have never done anything to get into trouble, they are top of their class, and they all faithfully serve the LORD!!!! IT was a prank, yes they should be punished for their actions, but a felony, NO!!! All these ladys have work really hard to walk across the stage, and this little action shouldnt stop them from doing so. Thats like saying the trouble maker in my 1st grader's class shouldnt pass because of his bad behavior and his disturbances, hey but guess what he has had all a's the whole school year. Are they going to hold him in 1st grade again? NO!! No child/teenager is perfect and if they dont make mistakes how are they going to learn a lesson from mistakes? We as parents can guide them in the way we wish them to go, but they are their own person and is going to be who they are!! Sad what Ole Mr Cooper will do to get brownie points to be that Judge he wants to be!! Cooper just remember buddy that you have small childern and they too will be seniors one day, and they arent perfect!!!


Article Comment king commented at 5/13/2010 2:22:00 PM:

Could you explain how the Lord was served by breaking into a building between 1-2am? I'll be glad to wait for a response for that one...I've got time.


Article Comment R u Kidding commented at 5/13/2010 2:22:00 PM:

KIng~ so your saying since I graduated in 2001, and I agree with Katie, that I too am on the same maturity level! HAHA what are you like 80?


Article Comment king commented at 5/13/2010 2:25:00 PM:

Answer to question #1: Yes.
Answer to question #2: No.

Now, how about answering my question. I'll state it again. Could you explain how the Lord was served by breaking into a building between 1-2am?


Article Comment DM commented at 5/13/2010 2:47:00 PM:

@king... I find it quite funny that YOU bring the Lord into this.
But since you have, I think you should take a gander at this passage.

Luke 6:13
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven"

This one might be good for you as well.

John 8:7
"So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."


Article Comment joejoethemonkeyboy commented at 5/13/2010 2:52:00 PM:

Oh my God, this one time at Band Camp...


Article Comment GROWN UPS!! commented at 5/13/2010 2:54:00 PM:

Whats hilarious about this is the grown men and women arguing on post about a couple teenagers having fun. BOYS AND GIRLS time out!!! Get back to work!


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 2:58:00 PM:

Lance, you are smarter than I thought. You must be a politician because you keep dodging my questions and points with points that I've never asked you to even address. You refuse to directly answer my questions and reply with more nonsense. You communicate in circles, but that's okay. You took what I wrote and blew it way out of proportion and won't listen to reason. I'm sorry for not realizing earlier that you're incapable of reasonable conversation.


Article Comment Leave it to Beaver commented at 5/13/2010 3:00:00 PM:

Let's be real here. If someone broke into your home or business, is that a crime? yes. The children broke into the school, therefore, they committed a crime. Now the punishment for this crime is left up to the jury and judge. Whether it be dropped, or they get probation. The law enforcement officer did there job in arresting those who committed the crime. Now the court will decide the punishment for the crime.


Article Comment Leave it to Beaver commented at 5/13/2010 3:03:00 PM:

Let's be real here. If someone broke into your home or business, is that a crime? yes. The children broke into the school, therefore, they committed a crime. Now the punishment for this crime is left up to the jury and judge. Whether it be dropped, or they get probation. The law enforcement officer did there job in arresting those who committed the crime. Now the court will decide the punishment for the crime.


Article Comment king commented at 5/13/2010 3:03:00 PM:

DM: I didn't bring the Lord into this, R U Kidding did. I simply asked a question. I didn't call anyone names nor did I cast any judgement. I simply asked a valid question and apparently cannot get a valid answer to it. Instead, I'm quoted scripture from some other person (you) who knows words, but not their meaning. If anyone should take a closer look at what you wrote me, it is you. That was extremely hypocritical of you.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 3:05:00 PM:

Amen, R u Kidding. We'll just have to wait & see if the "detective's" children make a bad judgment call in the future and if they'll be subjected to the same treatment as these kids were.

Handcuffs, shackles, threatened with a strip search, body cavity search and generally treated like dirt and having your photo plastered all over the news, etc?

How many of you want their kids going through this for a mere prank? Not me.

FYI- They did not "break" into the school. One criminal left a window open & then let the others in. lol.

Cooper pressed charges from what I understand, not the principal. Like this will get him elected Judge. I don't believe he's intelligent enough to be Judge. If he cannot distinguish between a prank and a felony/burglary, he shouldn't even be a detective or whatever he is. I guess it's a good thing they weren't charged with murder. They would have been executed by now.

Thanks for wasting taxpayer dollars Mr. Cooper. I think a pay cut is in order.

It is what it is, LCSO. lol.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 3:07:00 PM:

Hey Lance, I think you pissed (pardon me) Dave off. lol.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 3:13:00 PM:

I'm not pissed at all, Lea. Lance exaggerated my original post to make it sound more harsh than what it was. I've explained my point in very clear English for him to understand, but instead of just admitting what he did was wrong, he wants to argue about it and try to play the "wit" game. Now, I will admit that I know his trying to piss me off, but I know what I'm dealing with here. It's like a cat playing with a mouse, but Lance isn't bright enough to realize he's the mouse.

I'm actually having a good time with it. But, thanks for trying to make more out of it, too. You two must be siblings!


Article Comment Cricket commented at 5/13/2010 3:15:00 PM:

Come on For real? Yes what they did was wrong, but a felony. We got murders in this town that have never been solved, missing persons never heard from again and sickos out there preying on our children. I would say your plate is full and you should have plenty to do, yet in still you chose to pick something so petty. Shame on you LCSO. If it were one of thier children would it be a felony or a slap on the wrist. I hate to know that I would have to call for help from the sheriff's office seeing how they are busy picking on kids. Frustrated and Stunned


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 3:24:00 PM:

No, Dave I wasn't trying to piss (pardon me) you off. Just merely an observation. I was trying to have fun too! Lance is no relation to me. (I don't think) lol.

I like yall's game. Keep it going. Makes for a few laughs.

Have a good one!


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 3:28:00 PM:

You, too, Lea! Thanks for having a sense of humor!


Article Comment r u kidding commented at 5/13/2010 3:50:00 PM:

@King~ Ok so your saying that EVERYONE that gradutated from Caledonia High school is immature all the way back to 1910, Because we agree with Katie and think its funny?

To answer your question~ you can faithfully serve the lord and make mistakes, they are 18 years old dude!!!! NO ONE IS PERFECT!

NOW question for you MR MATURE, how would you punish your child for doing this same act? Going through an open window (THEY DIDNT BREAK AND ENTER)zip tying some lockers (no harm there) putting cooking oil on the floor( No harm there)? How would you feel if these were YOUR childern? Not the same Im sure!!!
Oh but your childern would be SO MATURE at that age that they would NEVER do wrong right!!!


Article Comment happy with outcome commented at 5/13/2010 4:22:00 PM:

If it were my kid, I would be glad they were arrested. While this was an 'innocent' prank, something could have gone wrong.

And the kids need to know, that while attempting to be funny, they did break the law. Charges will most likely not be filed and they will just be embarrassed in this case.

It will however hurt them if they try and get a job anywhere in the surrounding area and this comes to light against them.

So if it were my kid, this would be a valuable learning lesson. Not to mention some extra chores and less privileges for a while.


Article Comment Wow commented at 5/13/2010 4:30:00 PM:

Um, actually, I don't think they should go to jail, regardless of their race. I'm just stating a fact. I read this site on an almost-daily basis for local news, and I see the comments. Not 'playing the race card' (I am 100% white; why bother?). But anyone who thinks they should get a slap on the wrist for breaking into a building is retarded. I graduated HS in 2000, we did a prank, all in fun. But breaking into a building is different.


Article Comment You''re Kidding commented at 5/13/2010 4:30:00 PM:

You honestly would want your kids arrested and charged with a FELONY?? Are you out of your mind?


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 4:32:00 PM:

I have to agree with WOW & WOW2 on this ... people act like race is not a relevant factor in anything but had this been Columbus High the song here would be totally different. First time or not .. breaking and entering is breaking an entering and Dave Miller called it exactly like it should be in his first post. Sorry it happened to good kids but everybody who commits a crime has to have a first start somewhere and many criminals came from good home. The oil on the floors could have caused serious injuries .. would you have rather seen that happen to someone's child who wasn't involved in their just for fun prank? We already know its going to be whitewashed (no punt intended) but its certainly provides a vivid example of differently things are viewed especially when certain factors are obviously different.


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 4:33:00 PM:

So Dave, by george, to be quite frank, I believe your argument is flawed. So I refuse to directly answer your questions? I can only find three questions that you have proposed. The first two were general questions and not directed specifically towards me. 1.) Where would you draw the line? For this I have no cut and dry answer. It depends on the act of the crime and the intended outcome of the act. I would not draw the line with something of this nature, of that I am certain. 2.) What if they had broken in to my home to pull a prank? So lets say a neighborhood kid sneaks into my house and put's vegetable oil in my shampoo. Do I have them arrested for burglary? No, I go to their house and fill their running shoes with peanut butter and make them mow my grass. The third question was specifically directed towards me and I explained it to you with one of my previous responses.

You say I blew your statement out of proportion and won't listen to reason? How is childlike name calling reason? If you thought I had gotten the wrong idea from your original statement, then something such as "Hey Lance, I think you misunderstood me", would have sufficed. And you could have went on to explain your point of view further. Then I could have replied with something like, "My apologies, Mr. Miller. The way you carried on in you first post about how illegal the acts were, and how no one is held responsible for their own actions these days, and how this was a gateway crime, and how parents don't know how to raise their children, led me to the conclusion that you thought their offenses were far more serious than I myself found them to be. I too think they should be punished somehow, but not for a felony. P.S. Sorry for calling you Uncle Dave." And you could have replied with, "yeah, I might not have worded that first statement right. I don't think it is felony worthy either. P.S. Dont worry about it".

But no, instead you replied with "Do yourself and the public a great deal of good and quit putting words into other people's mouth to try to make yourself look like you have some measurable level of intelligence." No sir, I would not call that reason.

And after all that, you now try to make me look like the bad guy with no sense of humor and the mouse? Trying to pull a little bit of old school strategery eh? Touche, dapper dave, but you are changing your argument just to argue with me.

P.S. I don't believe I am related to any Lea's, but Lance and Lea would be rather catchy names for siblings wouldn't they.


Article Comment perception commented at 5/13/2010 4:35:00 PM:

It's all about perception. You perceive what you do, most of you, as a result of what you have read. You weren't there, and you have no idea of the kind of planning that took place beforehand, or the number of students who had the good sense to decline participation. Book sense isn't everything; without common sense, one ends up doing stupid things.

"Breaking" is not a literal term, as many of you seem to think it is. These people intentionally left a window open for the purpose of re-entering the building after the building was locked. Clearly no one was supposed to be in the building at this hour. Regardless of the method of entry, they did, in fact, break in, just as if a burglar climbed through the window of your home after finding it unlocked.

If they are, as one person posted, paying the schools for the clean-up costs, that's a start; better would have been for them to have been on their own hands and knees. I also think the school would be perfectly justified in denying these students the privilege of participating in graduation ceremonies. Yes, I did say "privilege", not "right". There is a difference.

All of you perceive that no one was hurt. Do you know that? Are you sure someone on staff didn't end up falling and breaking a hip? Or hitting their heads, causing a hematoma? How about restitution to a neurosurgeon at $15,000, plus all of the other associated medical bills? Would it still be funny then? To some of you, I believe it would, because, gee, no one "meant" for anyone to get hurt. Slick surface = fall. That's what comedy is to some people. They've never witnessed the injuries that can result from a "hilarious" fall.

Jail...and the felony...they were charged according to their actions. The decision as to whether that charge is a felony or misdemeanor is a non-issue, as the charge is what it is. The level of offense for these types of actions was decided long ago, long before Mr. Cooper became an investigator. They broke in; they caused damages. Period.

The likelihood of this going on through to a felony conviction are probably quite small, depending upon many things, including appropriate remorse and restitution. Restitution will likely be made, and other punishment will be handed out, and it will probably be knocked down to misdemeanor level. Will they have to earn that courtesy? Yes. If this were your home, you would want at least this much done, if not more.

Our law enforcement officers enforce existing laws. They don't make laws. If you can't accept the consequences for your actions, then you have no business acting. Instead of whining about how unfairly they're being treated, these young adults and their parents should be apologizing. My child is not perfect, either, but if she had a hand in something like this, I'd want her to learn her lesson instead of making excuses for her.

Beyond that, this was a really stupid prank. The zip ties were funny; the breaking in after hours was not, and the oil is just dumb (not to mention just nasty!) So along with common sense, I'd say someone's imagination needs work. And no, I will not give you any hints!


Article Comment Have2disagree commented at 5/13/2010 4:40:00 PM:

And actually Have2agree, everytime it is someone black that is charged with something, all the post's on this site are about how everyone messes up and only God can judge and whatnot. Just go look at Kenneth Macon's stories. Now six white kid's get arrested and it is "a crime is a crime no matter what" charge them to the fullest extent of the law, they must be punished. See, it is funny how things are viewed differently when certain factors are obviously different isn't it.


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 4:45:00 PM:

Perception, hear is something for the imagination. Imagine that there is a magician in the room with you and he can make that corn cob that is stuck up your @$$ disappear.


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 4:46:00 PM:

Pardon me, "here" is something....


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 4:47:00 PM:

I have to agee with Have2disagree ... six white kids get arrested for a "crime" so yes charge them for the crime not for their race but for the "crime." That's the result "crime", the stated penalty of the ;aw relative to that crime .. regardless of race. So don't pat them on the back and called it a "high school prank" the appropriate term as you stated is a "crime."


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 4:51:00 PM:

Perception when that magician is done with you send him or her to my place because according to Lance I must have a corn cob problem too because you happen to be dead right on this one (-:


Article Comment Ray commented at 5/13/2010 4:51:00 PM:

If you are a resident of Lowndes County, Missisippi and not embarrassed by the actions of the school district and the Sheriffs Department over their handling of this incident, then you have a very screwed up perspective on life. I imagine if this story gets picked up by some bored AP reporter, Caledonia, Mississippi will find out what embarrassment is all about.
I don't condone the actions of these students. When I read what they did, it reminded me of something immature teenagers in high school would do. Then I realized, they actually were immature teenagers in high school. But when I read about the gross overreaction by the "authorities", that also sounded like something some immature kids in school would do. But instead of being immature kids, these educators and "protectors of society" are supposed to be setting a christian example to the community. I read the story and reread the story. I didn't find any indication that there was damage of any kind. The window wasnt broken, the lockers werent damaged and the floors cleaned up.
The investigator that led the charge in this criminal sweep needs to be reevaluated by his supervisors. The principal that let these teenagers be charged needs to be handed a mop and a broom and trade jobs with the school janitor, there is absolutely no way he could have screwed this up worse. And finally, the Sheriff that allowed this stupidity to stain his county and his Department needs to reassess what his responsibility in the community actually is.


Article Comment dismayed!! commented at 5/13/2010 4:54:00 PM:

ok, this is really sad, i am a parent of 2 caledonia students, and why these kids are getting pulled through the bars is ridiculous,honestly give them community service and pay to have school cleaned , by the way, does anyone remember last year when there was a note written on the bathroom wall of the high school girls restroom with names and dates of students that were going to die on a certain day ? and the school blew it off as a high school prank ! and i know they did because i was one of the parents to pick both my children up for their safety, and that is what i was told by the office staff in high school, so why weren't those "seniors" arrested and facing felony charges?! SENIOR PRANK! my foot ! and the way i understood it all the adults from the other day and kids at school were laughing !!


Article Comment dismayed!! commented at 5/13/2010 4:54:00 PM:

ok, this is really sad, i am a parent of 2 caledonia students, and why these kids are getting pulled through the bars is ridiculous,honestly give them community service and pay to have school cleaned , by the way, does anyone remember last year when there was a note written on the bathroom wall of the high school girls restroom with names and dates of students that were going to die on a certain day ? and the school blew it off as a high school prank ! and i know they did because i was one of the parents to pick both my children up for their safety, and that is what i was told by the office staff in high school, so why weren't those "seniors" arrested and facing felony charges?! SENIOR PRANK! my foot ! and the way i understood it all the adults from the other day and kids at school were laughing !!


Article Comment dismayed!! commented at 5/13/2010 5:04:00 PM:

ok, it was year before last the threat was made that was on bathroom stall, that is no prank ! now go get the kids who did that and lets see their mug shot on the news, instead of sweeping it under the rug.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 5:17:00 PM:


First you label me bitter and then sarcastically referred to me as "Uncle Dave," "Captain Dave," "Dainty Dave," and "Buttercup." Who's being childish here? All I did was call you stupid 4 or 5 different ways without actually using the word "stupid." If anything, I'm consistant in my anaysis of you based upon your writings. You, however, can't seem to make up your mind.

Don't preach to me about how I could have been civil after your first post. You intentionally started the bullcrap in your first post toward me. All I did was call you out on it and labeled you based upon what you wrote. But to you, what's good for the goose is not good for the gander. You may get away with it with others, but I won't let you have it both ways.

I've wasted too much time on you, so shame on me. I'm sure that you'll write something back sarcastic and blame everything on me, but that's okay. I'm sure you're as insecure as you are stupid. (Dang, there's that word again.)

Lance and Lea would be good names for twins.


Article Comment hahaha. commented at 5/13/2010 5:17:00 PM:

ok i am a student at caledonia high and i see drug deals everyday. i smell smoke in the bathrooms, everyday. so, why worry about a little bit of vegetable oil on the floor that took about an hour to clean up? columbus is so screwed up.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 5:19:00 PM:

The clean up was already done. They were not given that opportunity. I know for a fact that at least one student has already paid their share of the cost of the clean up. WCBI says 5 have already paid and one will pay tomorrow. Taxpayers will not have to.

Maybe the laws already exist, but a wise person could distinguish between pranks and felonies. This is just a case of an officer(s) of the law exerting his authority over young people without using common sense, speaking of common sense.. Absolutely ridiculous.

No one was injured. If there were injuries, don't you think that would have made front page news too?

The principal has told these students and their parents that they will be able to graduate with their classmates.


Article Comment m commented at 5/13/2010 5:22:00 PM:

and you want to know why theres so much crime around here, probably because they're wasting time on stupid pranks. i want to know who's idea it was to have them arrested? if it was the sheriffs dept. then on election day vote him out! if it was the school, then on election day vote halford out! bet no one will own up to it. hope i'm on the jury. remember this on election day thats the only day when talk ain't cheap.


Article Comment Dave Miller commented at 5/13/2010 5:24:00 PM:

Perceptions: POST OF THE DAY!!!!!! Don't let Lance bring you down. His reply to your post clearly shows his lack of moral compass in addition to the utter stupidity he has spewed all day.


Article Comment Katie Osborne commented at 5/13/2010 5:26:00 PM:

Why are so many people focusing on the "what ifs" rather than what actually happened? You can put "what if" into any situation and make it seem worse. To me, it seems like the officers making the decisions are either bored or ignorant. Is this not an extreme waste of time considering the charges will most likely be reduced? I personally went to school with ALL of these people, and to call them criminals is unjustified and inconsiderate to the people who pay tax dollars to have real criminals put away. Honestly, I am fed up with the way the officials handle crimes in Caledonia. I believe their sole reason behind the charge of "burglary" is to simply scare them and to set an example so no more teens will commit such "horrendous" pranks. But all they are really doing is terrifying some truly GOOD people and traumatizing their entire family. I've dealt with almost the exact same situation involving a prank gone too far and my brother; who faced felony charges with a possible sentence of LIFE IN PRISON. At times our family was literally homeless due to the expenses of bail and other fines for such a crime; a crime that was eventually reduced and is now no longer on his record. Saying that, the financial expenses were NOTHING compared to the emotional and mental distress all of this caused us. I would hate it if these young adults had to endure the same hardships as we did. How about the LCSO get their act together and arrest crack dealers and REAL burglars rather than innocent youth? Is it really okay for things like this happen? If this had happened 30 or 40 years ago they would have gotton a slap on the wrist and a laugh, at most. Yes, times have changed, but can you look at them and see felons?


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 5:29:00 PM:

Dagg C'mon Ryan ... now why you dissin the Dispatch? The fact that it made their top story caused you to chime in .. so what's the beef wit the Dispatch (and before anyone makes any assumptions about the slang here .. just remember in this day and age everyone uses it (-: So you never know (lol)


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 5:33:00 PM:

Ray based on your premise that no harm was done then the "Times Square Bomber" suspect should be released because after all no harm was done and it was his own vehicle ?????


Article Comment Ryan commented at 5/13/2010 5:39:00 PM:

@Have2Agree All I'm saying is that the Packet had a story about a dude standing in the middle of the street in his underwear, calling the cops because he was so coked out he thought the street was covered in snakes. That's a WAY better read.


Article Comment Ray commented at 5/13/2010 6:02:00 PM:

Have2agree.....on reflection, I can't argue with your logic, you're absolutely right. The students were obviously terrorists intent on bringing an end to freedom as we know it, they should receive the chair.


Article Comment caledonia man commented at 5/13/2010 6:12:00 PM:

Look folks a REAL criminal on crimestoppers that cant be found, charged with Burglary. Hmmmmm...LSCD should be focused little more on Mr. Strickland, and fight more serious "CRIMES".


Article Comment Have2Agre commented at 5/13/2010 6:22:00 PM:

Now ya thinking straight Ray (lol)...a little extreme .. but at least you're making an effort (lol)


Article Comment duh commented at 5/13/2010 6:24:00 PM:

Go get the "trash out the window throwers" and leave the kids alone!


Article Comment m commented at 5/13/2010 6:25:00 PM:

the school administration made thge decision, if you disagree with it , call mike halford the superintendant of education, call him tomorrow and everyday until they drop the charges and then vote against him. this is government overreach and abuse of power. rediculous to allow this "crime" to follow these kids for the rest of their lives. too much authority put in the hands of a fool. vote him out! call him tomorrow !!!!!


Article Comment Ray commented at 5/13/2010 6:36:00 PM:

M.......I have no idea that what you say is correct. The Principal at Caledonia High School told the parents of these children that HE did not press charges, it was entirely up to the Sheriffs Department. If I were a complete idiot, I might believe that. The fact that he has no issue standing in front of the parents and telling a complete lie shows a complete lack of integrity on his part and doesn't say much for him as a man. We are questioning the judgement of teenagers who havent spent one day in the real world when the person "we" put in place to educate them is teaching them these type of morals?


Article Comment Speechless commented at 5/13/2010 6:42:00 PM:

This is pathetic and you can blame it on Tony Cooper! These kids were lied to all day. Example: 1)If you just tell the truth then everything will be okay. 2)Lied and intimidated by the drivers of the bus which took them to be booked. 3)Cooper tells them "don't expect to walk in graduation". 4)Cooper threatens one student that they may lose their scholarship. 5)Really are ankle shackles necessary? This is a man in charge of making life decisions for everyone he comes in contact with. So I warn you he is heartless and evil! Just hope you never have any dealings with Tony Cooper!!!


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 6:49:00 PM:

Ok Ray,

I'm not a complete idiot and I know for a fact that the principal did tell the parents that he did not press charges. They had no reason not to believe what he said and I myself would most likely believe what someone in authority tells me unless they are a known liar.

Kind of sounds like you are somehow affiliated with the Sheriff's office.


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 6:52:00 PM:

How can we put the responsibilty for these kids actions on the school officials, law enforcement, or anybody else outside of their home? C'mon, it is the responsibilty of the home to train up a child in regards to respect for the law, others, and the property of others. It is the school's and law enforcement responsibility to enforce policie's and law whenever and wherever home training in regards to respect and citizenship has failed. I tell my own son's all the time that my job as a parent is to teach and show them the right way to go. Once I've done that, I make sure that they understand that they have to bare the consequences of their choices outside of what I taught them is the right thing to do. They knew that there were consequences to their actions or they would have pulled their prank during school afters and not when it would be considered trepassing. Sorry, but the real world is hard and that's why parents have to be more involved with the whereabouts and the actions of their kids.


Article Comment Lance commented at 5/13/2010 6:56:00 PM:

Dave, I now know that it is completely true that you can't argue with idiots. I have answered every question you have posed, explained all of the logic and reasoning behind my point of view, and said that they should be punished accordingly (key word "accordingly"). None of you comebacks make a bit of sense. You are arguing just for the sake of arguing. You are simply upset that I rendered your hypothesis invalid. And really, "I'm sure that you'll write something back sarcastic and blame everything on me, but that's okay. I'm sure you're as insecure as you are stupid. (Dang, there's that word again.)"? Did you really say that? That's like punching someone and telling them that they should be the bigger person and turn the other cheek.


Article Comment Have2Agree commented at 5/13/2010 6:57:00 PM:

Some of the comments here are a perfect example as to why kids do this sort of thing. We live in a community that tells the kids its not their fault when they do stupid things; if someone else had done this or done that it wouldn't have happened. If you want to be great adults, let them learn that they are responsible for their actions and stop blaming the school, the law and everyone else. And stop telling them that they will be ruined for life (hog wash). So they have to work a little harder to overcome a bad choice but they can still achieve whatever good thing they set their mind to achieve. Peace out y'all.


Article Comment Ray commented at 5/13/2010 7:01:00 PM:

Sorry Lea, I got ahead of myself typing the last post. I was making light of the fact that the principal did that. I know exactly what he told the Parents, saying that he did not press charges. I am also aware that the Sheriffs Department said that the principal did press charges. Who do you believe when they are both pointing the finger at the other. I have very little regard for the stupidity that is Tony Cooper and how he handled this whole thing (including his Facebook posting). But I also find it hard to believe that the Sheriffs Office could/would file burglary charges without the "owner" of the property (i.e. the principal or BOE) signing the charges. I assure you I place equal blame on both these public officials for this absurdity.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 7:04:00 PM:

Speechless... if Tony Cooper or anyone that is trying to ruin the rest of these kid's lives ever runs for anything, even dog catcher, we will actively campaign against them. That includes the school board.


Article Comment Perception commented at 5/13/2010 7:05:00 PM:

Now for "mis" perception (and by the way, Lance, while that may be YOUR preferred trick, it's not necessarily mine. But hey, what you do behind closed doors is your own business. You demean yourself; please, along with your imagination, get some help for your vocabulary!)

With all of the blame for everything flying around, one thing seems to have been lost, thus the "mis"perception, and that would be that the actual blame for the whole mess belongs with the people who chose to let themselves in and make the mess in the first place. No matter how much you want it to be the fault of everyone else who came into the picture after the deed was done, it is not. It is theirs, and theirs alone. If they had stayed home, or even chosen a more intelligent prank, none of this would be happening.


Article Comment hattiesburg commented at 5/13/2010 8:21:00 PM:

this is what they deserve! they chose to break into the school...if you get caught, go to jail..thats what happens. some people need to read the law...goes to show people on these comments are not very smart. If they broke into your house...would you just call it a prank and say they didnt mean to do anything? I think would want them to be in jail.


Article Comment sassy commented at 5/13/2010 8:26:00 PM:

Who called the sheriff's office---someone from the school
Who owns the property----Lowndes County
Who made the arrest---Lowndes County officers

Looks like the taxpayers are the so called victims here. By pouring oil on the floors, they showed complete disregard for anyone that might have stepped into it. I know a lady who broke her back after someone intentionally poured oil in a store and she stepped in it and fell. The potential is there for serious injury, not to mention damage to clothes and shoes. I don't think oil will come out of those Tom's shoes.

When the crime was reported, it was out of the hands of the principal and in the hands of the law officers. If the principal didn't want anything done, why was the law even brought in? I'm also concerned as to why there was not a burglar alarm tripped when they were in the school. They have exposed a security issue with this prank.

I'm sure that the arresting officer had to get the charges approved by someone over him, maybe even a judge. I'm also sure that the charges will be reduced to misdemeanors by the DA's office. However, entering a building illegaly IS burglary, whether you steal something or not.

So all you people up in arms about these kids having felony records, calm down and don't blame the officers. They were following the law. The judge will be the one that decides the kid's fates, and it won't be as bad as you are making it out to be.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 8:46:00 PM:

These kids have accepted responsibility for their actions. Five have made restitution, apologized and will face whatever is dealt to them through the courts or otherwise.

Perception, You are right, none of this would have happened had they not done it and just stayed at home. However, the horse is out of the barn so to speak. What else would you like them to do? Give their firstborn? Community service should be allowed for something so petty, not being humiliated anymore than they already are. Oh, that's right. Kick the stuffing out of them AGAIN. Is that what you'd like? Because if it is, me and others won't let that happen. Count on it.

Why is the Lowndes County Sheriff's office allowed to run rough shod over these young folks and are treated like human garbage for a stupid mistake? If you don't know what I'm referring to, see the above posts by me and others that actually know how they were treated and what actually happened. These senior prank criminals have rights too.

Believe me, I know other instances besides this as I am sure MANY others in this county do, about our sheriff's office. Some are much worse than this. These senior prank criminals have rights too. The sheriff's office could take a lesson from these kids about owning up to your mistakes. Isn't that right, BH?

I've heard there's a facebook page in support of these criminals. I think I'll check it out. It's nice to have friends who support you, right or wrong. Support the criminals, I think is what it is called. Maybe they'll let me join.

I think it would be great if, as someone else mentioned, that the AP picked up this story and ran with it. It would be another 48 Hours fiasco for the city of Columbus, the LCSO, etc. 48 Hours made this city look really bad. Think about it.


Article Comment SERIOUS STUFF commented at 5/13/2010 9:04:00 PM:

I mean just let them shake hands and agree that they aren't going to "fight" anymore! That's what are leaders do.... It looks like our chickens are coming home to roost!


Article Comment hot rod nova commented at 5/13/2010 9:22:00 PM:

Have you ever heard the word caneing .Swift swing to back side and summer trash pickup in a nice orange suit would be great . Wonder what would have happened if a serious crime was happening while our law enforcement was dealing with this ? Wonder who would have paid the price ? PLEASE dont smoke the drugs but smoke the tires only at the drag strip . Holiday BEACH RACEWAY VANCE AL SATURDAY NITES ALL SUMMER .


Article Comment Kristy commented at 5/13/2010 9:25:00 PM:

Oh, for pete's sake, people. These kids committed a crime called 'breaking and entering', regardless of the fact that they might have left a window open. True, I don't see how the arresting officers got "burglary" out of that, but those charges will likely be reduced. The kids have made their restitution and the oil, which could have been a major problem considering the type of flooring that is in the common's area at CHS, has been cleaned up.

Personally, and this is MY opinion, I feel the word 'felony' is being used as a scare tactic to get the kids back on track. Come on, if you were 18 and just about to start your life, wouldn't you be scared if you thought a felony was going to follow you for the rest of your life? I know I would have been.

What saddens me the most is the lack of imagination for this prank. Okay, the zip ties would have been funny, if a little inconvenient for the other students. The oil could have been a real safety hazard, though. As a former student and graduate of Caledonia ('91), I do hope to see a little bit more creativity from the upcoming senior classes for their prank.


Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 9:25:00 PM:

First, the principal did NOT press charges. He is a good man with integrity unmatched by most.

Good people make bad decisions, and bad things happen to good people. That is just part of life. Don't put yourself in bad situations, and bad things are less likely to happen.

But, the oil was DANGEROUS. Someone could've been seriously hurt. And, it could've been much more than a "bruised bottom". That is not a prank. It does not matter that no one was hurt; they easily could have been.

Right is right, and wrong is wrong. And, two wrongs don't make a right. So, despite what anyone (LCSO) did, it does not condone what these students did.

Based on some of the posts I have read:

If the prank hurts no one, it is ok.

I don't have an opinion about what should happen to these young people. I am not judging anyone. But, the story would have been totally different if someone had been seriously injured in a fall. And, that was a REAL possibility. It was not a innocent prank. The oil was a dangerous issue. If your child had been in school that day, fallen, and was seriously injured, would you feel differently?

One decision can change your life..............Just because no one was injured doesn't mean it was OK!

With the competition for scholarships what it is in the current economic climate I cannot honestly say that if I were a school official I might reconsider if I had offered one of these individuals a scholarship. There are many deserving individuals who have not been offered scholarships.

I will also second what someone else said, common sense and book sense are two different things. Being "book smart" doesn't mean one has common sense. And, here it is obvious that common sense did not prevail. The oil was very dangerous. That is my issue!!!

When someone makes a mistake it is how they respond to that mistake that determines their character. If these individuals are truly sorry for their actions and realize what they did was wrong, they should not only offer to make financial restitution, but offer to perform some community service. When I say offer, I mean before it is required. This would show true character. Yes, everyone makes mistakes. It is what you do with those mistakes that determine the direction your life takes.

So, for those who think the situation is funny, remember....what comes around goes around.


Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 9:31:00 PM:

Sassy, an officer is on campus at Caledonia schools every day all day. He works there.


Article Comment Justathought commented at 5/13/2010 9:44:00 PM:

Just a couple thoughts guys..... First, why are you all blaming the sheriff's office? They can only arrest people who have been charged by the school district. They are only doing their jobs. Second, I am a young white teacher in the public school system, who was raised by a very respectable middle class family, and I have to stop and ask myself one question while reading all of your comments defending these students. If these were six black students from Columbus High instead of six white students from Caledonia, would you all still be pleading their innocents???? Think about it! If the answer is no, then they are guilty and responsible for whatever punishment they are granted.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 9:56:00 PM:

Actually, perception, only the one paragraph was aimed at you. My mistake. I was in no way implying that you or anyone else should "join" this group. I know nothing about it and I was merely passing on information to those who may be interested and stating that is good to have friends that will stick up for you in the good times AND the bad times. I never stated that this group's intention was to absolve anyone of anything.

Like I said, these students have taken responsibility for their actions and I am really not concerned that their bad judgment will overcome them again. Or just maybe next time I'll join them ;)

Your opinion is just that, an opinion. Just like mine. No better, no worse.

No one is blaming law enforcement for enforcing the law. While you may not be ashamed of their actions in this situation since you apparently do not know the specifics, it is par for the course in Lowndes County, like it or not.

Maybe shedding a little national light on Lowndes County would be a good thing as far as bringing to the forefront things that happen around here. PINCH ME.. I'm dreaming again.

Most everyone who lives in this county knows what continues to go on as far as LE is concerned. I am not blaming every law officer for the actions of a few. The good ones know exactly who they are, as do the bad ones. And so do the citizens.

And if you thought this was lame, you should have been around when the seniors let the goats that were given ex-lax loose in the hallways. I don't think they went to prison over it though :)

Have a good one!


Article Comment A Fellow Student commented at 5/13/2010 10:12:00 PM:

FYI: noone was hurt. therefore, it shouldn't be such a big deal. stop gossiping and arguing about it because it's really not a big deal or, as a matter of fact, any of your business. stop ruining people's lives and blaming others for mistakes and a lack of judgement. look at your own life because i don't believe you are perfect either. these kids made a bad decision and they payed the consequences. noone was hurt so stop saying "what if". get on with your life.


Article Comment SPEECHLESS commented at 5/13/2010 10:17:00 PM:



Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 10:20:00 PM:


Little do you know!!! But, school couldn't wait for them to clean up there mess. Students were already there!! If they wanted to clean up their mess, why make it? Or better yet, why not show up before school to clean it up?

You should remain "speechless" rather than attacking a poster. Are you familiar with netiquete? Yes, they paid because they were required to pay. Now, they could offer to do community service before it is required. It is the right thing to do.

By the way, he is a principal, not a principle. The students needed "principles". Use spell-check.

And, school officials don't determine students' futures, the students themselves do. My point originally. Mistakes can follow you. One decision can change your life.


Article Comment Big Foot commented at 5/13/2010 10:22:00 PM:

Let them go!!! They did no real damage. Make them stay after school and clean the floor, empty garbage, or scrub the lockers, but don't press charges against these good kids....


Article Comment Big Foot commented at 5/13/2010 10:28:00 PM:

Reminds me of 1982 at Lee High. Someone stole the clappers out of all the bells in school. They had to use the PA system for us to change classes. In the Last Will and Testiment they left the clappers back to the school. They were located in locker x. The school officials left the gym in a dead run. The bells were ring again the next year!


Article Comment Kristy commented at 5/13/2010 10:29:00 PM:

@SPEECHLESS: No need to shout. It only makes you look bad. And if you will read Consequences post again and think before you type, you will see that s/he merely stated that how people respond to their own mistakes is what shows their true character. Yes, it is wonderful that the kids wanted to help clean it up, which shows they were cognizant of their mistake and owned up to it. Don't accuse people of being ignorant of a situation before you actually *read* their comment and comprehend exactly what it is they are saying.


Article Comment Elizabeth commented at 5/13/2010 10:31:00 PM:

To the young people who are being humiliated for the "prank". Hold your head high, accept what comes, and know that being a Christian does not make you a perfect person. I am old and still a work in progress. Don't let this publicity ruin your lives. Someday you can tell your children about your Senior year and maybe prepare them and other young people to be more careful and think of the consequences before they act.
It may be dark outside now but remember the Sun will come up tomorrow. Just because you are 18 and graduating high school does not mean you will never make another mistake of poor judgement. To the parents of these children, hug them and tell them you love them, stand with them. Happy Graduation!!


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 10:32:00 PM:

Consequences, Before correcting anyone else for spelling errors, maybe you should take a look at your own. Just sayin'. :)

Have a wonderful evening!


Article Comment Joe West commented at 5/13/2010 10:38:00 PM:

If they were black kids doing this you would throw away the key.


Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 10:38:00 PM:

You are correct, Lea.

I should have said "their".

Humility is a virtue!
I stand corrected.


Article Comment mom commented at 5/13/2010 10:42:00 PM:

Ok so this is being called a felony. One of the girls has bruises on her ankles from the shackles. Wouldn't that be assault? Simple or aggravated? Seems the arrest made more physical damage than the "crime" itself.


Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 10:47:00 PM:

Great advice!


Article Comment SPEECHLESS commented at 5/13/2010 11:01:00 PM:

Dear Consequences, Guess what?? The kids offered to pay before being forced to, so get your facts straight!! So the school official said he had no control over scholarships and not to worry. So why do you have so much interest in this?? Are you related to Tony Cooper or something?? So if you don't have a senior in this, maybe you should stop commenting. Comment on something worth while!!


Article Comment Consequences commented at 5/13/2010 11:07:00 PM:


That is great that they offered to pay before being "forced". That is what I was saying in the first place.

I am not judging. I was only stating a concern about the oil on the floors being dangerous.

What is your interest?


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/13/2010 11:27:00 PM:

Joe West, not taking your bait. I think I've seen you on another board with a different name. lol

Elizabeth, Those were kind words for these kids as well as good advice. Thank you. You can bet that their parents will be right there with them cheering them on at graduation, as will I.

They are going to hold their heads up high because they are good kids and have nothing to be ashamed of. They have manned up so to speak. One mistake does not define who they are. These kids are going places! Probably not soon enough for most of them. lol.

This publicity will pass as soon as the next "big story" comes along. Really liked the guy in the street dancing with the snakes in the packet. Maybe the dispatch can interview him. We're hard up for news around here, can't you tell?


Article Comment amazed commented at 5/13/2010 11:54:00 PM:

I commend Speechless and Lea!! Most of these comments from all others are pointless, since they do not know the truth about what really happened!!


Article Comment nancy sims commented at 5/13/2010 11:59:00 PM:

personally i think they should get the same treatment as any other teenager that commit a felony. if it was any other school people woudn't be so light on them. they knew they wasn't suppose to break in a building regardless if it were a prank or not. they just made a mess for someone else to clean-up, what kind of prank was that anyway? what's wrong with the teenagers today is they have no consequences, they have a don't care attitude, it's like whatever! a felony is a felony just like a bank robber whether he steal a nickel or a bag of money. he broke in a commercial building. so people need to quit trying to make it simple and sugar-coating, they had no business in that school period. it is time for graduation and they could have went shopping for it or found something else to do than messing with the school. how stupid was that.


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/14/2010 12:08:00 AM:

Nancy Sims, It's crystal clear that that you are uninformed about this situation.

Have you bothered to read anything that was written by people that actually know what's going on?

If it bothers you so much about someone else cleaning up the mess, how about chipping in a few dollars to help with that?

Capitalization is your friend.

Have a good one!


Article Comment kvk commented at 5/14/2010 12:31:00 AM:

my name is kara. i took part in the senior prank. i apologize to fellow classmates, my teachers, and to the public. i am a regular church-goer and an average b student.(with an exception to english lol). the prank is something that happens nearly every year and has ALWAYS been worse than what we did. sunnie was the prom queen. kori was the senior maid. stephanie was football maid and class favorite. kelsey won most attractive senior. we are all well liked individuals and DO NOT deserve FELONY CONVICTIONS for this stupid high school mistake. my career dream is to become an sculpting animator for pixar and move to any of you prosecutors think i can do that woth a felony??? of course not. stephanie is my best friend and wants to become a radiologist. no hospital will hire her with a felony. to the public once again i apologize for our behavior we have learned our lesson and have become better people for what we have been through these past few days.

also thanks to all of supporters:)


Article Comment Mr. Point commented at 5/14/2010 1:20:00 AM:

Hey Kara, it's now 1:15, wanna grab the gang and meet me at the oil aisle at Wally world, then head on over to the Howard Hotel for some hijinx?

Just kidding... I know you girls are OK and I'll see y'all Saturday...


Article Comment rcdale commented at 5/14/2010 5:53:00 AM:

And we wonder why we have overcrowding in our jails...


Article Comment whut? commented at 5/14/2010 6:27:00 AM:

Some of you are missing a bigger question.

What were these 18 year old children, and based on their decision making skills they are indeed children, doing out at 1 and 2 AM?

Where were the parents? I think they should get a dose of the medicine too.

And to those of you who are making excuses about what the charges should be: you are frightening. So guilt and charges are determined by your ability to wipe it off? Pretty sad.


Article Comment whut? commented at 5/14/2010 6:56:00 AM:

Speechless, I spoke to the Assist. Principal and they are not happy about the prank. The rumor it is all funny and ok is being spread by students who don't know what is fact. And it appears you also don't know they are having trouble getting all the oil out of some of the flooring, which might mean the flooring will have to be replaced. So how cool would it have been for a bunch of students to enter the halls, slip, and break arms, wrists, need stitches to their head? Yeah, now that's humor. Wow.

They weren't amused by it and neither am I. The fact all of you seem so eager to make excuses is concerning. I don't think I'd let my kid hang out with you either.


Article Comment Commendable commented at 5/14/2010 7:00:00 AM:

Kara, the willingness on your part to jump into the middle of these comments to apologize is commendable.

However, you make qualifying statements such as "...was the prom queen...was the senior maid...was the most attractive" as if those things have anything to do with what you did. You offer those as reasons why you don't deserve the punishment. Are you sure you're 18? Those comments in that context sound more like 14. Being pretty and popular isn't your free pass to do whatever you like. Also, it detracts from your apology to point out that other pranks were worse than this one. That's called whining. You're basically saying someone else did it so why can't you?

However, the news isn't all bad. According to most of the logic applied in the comments, your future employers won't be the least concerned about this little felony (though it's doubtful you'll end up with anything worse than a misdemeanor...but you need to work on your remorse routine...this one was NOT a good effort.) Just explain it to them. I'm sure that like you, and several here, they'll just think it's the funniest thing! If not, you can just give them the resume of your friends as you gave it here, with the prom queen, senior maid, football maid, most attractive, and I'm sure they'll just wink, nod, and take you right in.

Kids like you worry me. It's unfortunate that you are actually an adult; your actions and words indicate that you're not even close. In spite of my comments to you, you are someone's child, beloved and special to them, and I'm sure, to many others. Were those people expected to be proud of your prank? Moving on...graduation night is coming, and a lot of kids don't survive that night due to another bad judgment call: drinking and driving. I hope, for the sake of all who love and care about each one of you, that you have better sense on that night so that you'll still be here to pursue those dreams.


Article Comment JC commented at 5/14/2010 7:04:00 AM:

we are all well liked individuals and DO NOT deserve FELONY CONVICTIONS for this stupid high school mistake

Word of advice: if this actually makes it to a courtroom, don't use the "we're too popular to be convicted" defense. It doesn't play well.


Article Comment Headlines commented at 5/14/2010 7:05:00 AM:

Look at the different possible headlines: "Teachers Slide in to work!" "Juniors Have Trouble Moving Up!" "Lockers are Locked!" "Cute Seniors Work Overtime" "Slick Enough to Graduate" "Police and Grease" "Graduates focused on Zipping it up!" "Oops- We Forgot our Skates!" "Where Are our Hoods" "Teachers Try to Stand Up Again" "The Lowndes County Oil Leak"

But no lets label them as felons!!! That,s it! Make them in to old grouchy people right out of school. They might as well learn that they will have to spend the rest of their life being serious with no jokes! Beat the kid out of em and make them be adults with no humor! That way when they get on to a board, they can have brawls. That makes great stories too...

Sorry folks where is the humor? Where were you at 18? Give em a break!


Article Comment forrestgump commented at 5/14/2010 7:11:00 AM:

Well, Headlines, I'm still waiting to hear the funny part. So far, it's just dumb. There is a difference between being funny and being stupid. If it weren't so sad that they're stupid enough to think this was funny, it would be funny.
Stupid is as stupid does.


Article Comment Ray commented at 5/14/2010 7:54:00 AM:

Your point is well made, pay little attention to the "little" people making their "little" remarks. Your future goals are commendable, stick to them. And the idea of leaving Lowndes County, Mississippi is obviously a great one too, I am beginning to see it's not a very good place to raise your kids. The fact that all of you accepted responsibility and are truthfully remorseful is commendable. Having the intestinal fortitude to get on here and express your remorse is also. Since the school system and administration didn't have the integrity to tell you so from the beginning, I would also like to apologize for the school system pressing charges instead of handling it internally like the "Student handbook" specifies. The school system is obviously unaware or unconcerned that a felony arrest remains on your record for the rest of your life, regardless of the disposition of the case. Sorry, I can't be there Saturday, the Army saw fit to put me elsewhere for the next 3 weeks, but I am still proud of the way you handled yourself through this.


Article Comment Headlines commented at 5/14/2010 8:13:00 AM:

OK Forestgump. We will try again. "Forestgump say 'Stupid is as Stupid Does'". "NOT Funny STUPID!" "So Sad, too Dumb".

I love your attitude. Just an old grouch! Wonder why people love being around you? Must be your breath?


Article Comment sw commented at 5/14/2010 8:17:00 AM:

I hope the attention the five girls receive at graduation doesn't take away from their classmates special day. Seems like the "student handbook" would call for 3-5 days suspension.


Article Comment Roger Dodger commented at 5/14/2010 8:21:00 AM:


If you are who you say you are, you've made a big mistake getting on this public forum to discuss the matter. If you have an attorney and he/she is a half-decent one, they should ride your butt for doing so.

Your apology sounded more like a plea for mercy. And listing all of your accomplishments only adds to the stupidity in which you acted. Also, comparing what you did as less that what others have done is totally irrelevant. The big difference here is that you got caught.

I agree that jail time would be excessive, but I have to say that you and your buddies should have thought about all those things you aspire to be BEFORE COMMITTING A FELONY. Now, I don't think the charge will stand at a felony level. My best guess will be misdemeanor trespassing with a fine and/or community service. And if that does happen, consider yourselves lucky.

I truly wish you the best of luck in all you do.


Article Comment brassman commented at 5/14/2010 8:25:00 AM:

these kids these days
In the old days the boys were all the mischeif doers now its mostly girls did any one notice 5 girls apparently led by a high school graduate boy . Its a story of get your man no matter what the cost and its rediculous. our lil girls are supposed to be our sweet little angels and they would never go against mom in the days of old because they valued their moms approval over all other things so did mom go bad or did grandma go bad what is causing these young girls to go crazy


Article Comment tommy atkins commented at 5/14/2010 8:54:00 AM:

i hope they don't find out that a buddy and i tied a rubber to the water fountain, they will want to send us to jail.

let these kids clean this up, forget charges and let sr pranks be what they are. did anyone get hurt?

the most dangerous option that happened, the young police officer, doing 115 to get to the building did not run over anyone or have a flat.

by the way, a sr girl found out about the rubber, she wanted to look into that a bit futher.


Article Comment What? commented at 5/14/2010 8:58:00 AM:

I remember my senior year and doing a similar act but I was at a private school and it was all overlooked. Do you remember a bunch of rich kids causing 10's of thousands of dollars of damage at a local school a while back but didn't end up getting in any trouble because daddy paid for it? This is much to do about nothing. If there were costs associated with the clean up or if the floor needs to be replaced the girls should have to pay for it. A felony? Really? I haven't heard of anything more ridiculous in my life. If the police wanted to teach them a lesson they should have picked them up and charged them with a misdemeanor trespassing let them pay a fine and restitution. Can you imagine the families of these girls that are going to end up spending thousands of dollars for a lawyer? The police should be ashamed of themselves sounds like something a rookie officer would try to pull.


Article Comment read the handbook commented at 5/14/2010 9:01:00 AM:

Pg 31 Lowndes County Handbook:A student shall not cause or ATTEMPT to cause damage to school or private property...
The sanctions for violating this rule: a) 1st offense - 3 days suspension and restitution.
BUT- what do you do with the lone male graduate.


Article Comment amy commented at 5/14/2010 9:06:00 AM:

What does the school handbook say about breaking and entering? Or should I say, what does the handbook say about entering the building after it is locked without permission?


Article Comment Louanne commented at 5/14/2010 9:28:00 AM:

Felony charges are a little strong for a senior prank...and yes everyone understands this was a senior prank. Misdemeanor vandalism and restitution for any damage would serve this "crime". There are plenty of parents/grandparents/guardians of kids that are looking at prison time for drugs, armed robbery, etc...who would settle for a "senior prank" in their children's lifetime.


Article Comment Laughing commented at 5/14/2010 9:28:00 AM:

Let em go!!! You people know dang well that nearly everyone has played a joke, stole a road sign, rolled yards, throwed an egg, hung a dead animal in someones carport, (I could keep going but I better stop before I say too much) being young and dumb, but having alot of fun and meaning NO HARM. Let em go!!! Let em go!!! No Harm Done, Let em go!!


Article Comment So Sad commented at 5/14/2010 9:36:00 AM:

Instead of jail time: let them walk for graduation, keep their diplomas, and for the next 2 months let them help the CHS custodians strip, mop, and wax the floors. When the job is complete then issue their diplomas. Maybe the next time they think of pouring oil and soap on floors that are public property - they will think twice!


Article Comment kvk commented at 5/14/2010 9:36:00 AM:

listen everyone. i didn't list our accomplishments for pity or for reasons why i think we should "get away" with no punishment at all. i believe we should have to work super hard to repay our county and our school. we should definitely not get away with this at all. I JUST DO NOT THINK WE DESERVE FELONY CONVICTIONS!! i said those things to give another side to the the kind of individuals we are. i mean for the people who do not know me and the rest of those "criminals", that mugshot and paragraph at the top of this page look waaaaaaayyyy worse than it actually is. i would never in my life say some of the cruel things i have heard in the past few days to anyone. the things i have heard being said about my friends and me could almost be considered punishment enough, but i do not believe that is we should recieve. please realize that we ARE very sorry for what we did
once again thank you to our supporters:)


Article Comment kvk commented at 5/14/2010 9:55:00 AM:

also i have read alot of staments about "bad parenting" and "where were the parents." my mom and other parents thought there was a slumber party. i lied about where i was to get out of the house. i have apologized numerous times to my mom and dad for this. i am being punished thoroughly by my parents who are good people and great parents:) love you mom and dad


Article Comment amy commented at 5/14/2010 9:55:00 AM:

Commercial Dispatch......I think your poll is very flawed....there should be a 3rd option.....yes, they did something stupid, and broke the law in the process. Punish them but the LCSO could have pressed less severe charges like tresspassing and some type of misdemeanor mischief charges. It sounds to me based on a lot of these comments that most agree they did wrong and agree they should be punished but should be charged with lesser crimes.


Article Comment Hankins commented at 5/14/2010 10:03:00 AM:

Ok so I am one of the ones who has gotten charged with burglary. I see where people are coming from. I don't mind people making rude comments, it's going to happen, but why are ya'll fighting over this? Can this not stay within ourselves? Yes, I understand, EVERYONE knows, but why are these "grown ups" arguing about this case? I have read these comments and some of these rumors are just ridiculous. So plese, don't say we have said anything when you haven't talked to us yourself. Thanks to the supporters for trying to back us up, but maybe you should stop. I don't know, I just feel like everyone is wasting their time getting worked up on someone's comments who can't even use their real name. So please, let us deal with it. And to the people against us, it's completely fine with me if you don't agree with our actions. I understand, but why waste your time talking about people who are half your age and clearly irresponsible? There are so many assumptions made that are so crazy that it's funny. And you ask, "what were you doing between 1-2 a.m? Hmm.. well, maybe, just maybe, because we didn't want to get caught in the process. Yes, we got caught eventually. We clearly did, it's everywhere. But why are people so caught up on this? But I do apologize for my actions. I am sorry that you can't watch the news without seeing my face. I am sorry you can't listen to the radio without hearing my name. I am sorry you would like to see something different in the packet/newspaper but I am everywhere. I am sorry you get worked up about it making comments. But go ahead, blast me now. Say mean and hurtful things to me. I am only 18 and I am sure you are like 40 so I hope it makes you feel better but I have heard, seen, and read everything hateful already. I am done. I hope each and every one of you have great, perfect lives. And I hope your children are better than me ;)


Article Comment Community Service commented at 5/14/2010 10:06:00 AM:

I support you, but quit while you are ahead. You can't rationalize with any of the dissenters here. For some reason they feel that what you have done is far worse than it was. They have taken it out of context and, in this scenario, I feel that context and intent is extremely important. I am sure that all of them have driven over the speed limit or taken a paper clip from work. Thieves! I am sure that if someone was to roll their yard they would charge them with criminal trespassing and littering. I am also certain that they would stand toe to toe with your parents and tell them how horrible a job they have done at raising you and that you all deserve felony's. I mean, they wouldn't just say these things because they are faceless words on the internet would they?


Article Comment Speechless commented at 5/14/2010 10:16:00 AM:

@whut? Just got off the phone with the principal and he told me the floors were cleaned completely on Tuesday morning. That means the floors do not need to be replaced! I never said the school was happy about the prank. I do know that the principal and asst.principal were not mad at the students and even cracked up while discussing the video of the prank! FACT:)


Article Comment m commented at 5/14/2010 10:17:00 AM:

always nice to have the dispatch delete my remarks, way to lick them boots birney ! i'll say it again, but please read quick before they are deleted. call mike halford the superintendant of education, express your displeasure as is your right. vote against him when he runs again. call him today and everyday, you are citizens, they work for you !!


Article Comment Lea commented at 5/14/2010 10:24:00 AM:

Kara, You are very courageous getting on here and apologizing, although it's not necessary to apologize to a bunch of people that really do not matter and do not have your best interest at heart. I don't think I would have been able to do that.

The ones that matter are your friends and family and I know you know that. They are the ones that will stand behind you in the good times and the bad times.

This was blown way out of proportion and hopefully those that make the decisions about your futures will see that.

Congratulations to the Fab 5 and the Class of 2010 on your upcoming graduation from Caledonia High School!! We'll see all of you on Saturday.


Article Comment Mark commented at 5/14/2010 10:28:00 AM:

I remember when I went to Columbus High a lot of us rolled the outside of the school and the parking lots, but I would draw the line at breaking in somewhere. Now, years later, I'm a teacher and my seniors pull pranks on me by rolling my house. I don't get too upset about that, but I had to threaten some of them when they actually opened the doors to my car and dumped confetti inside the car. That seemed like it went over the line. I would have to say the same standard applies here. However, I would make these people pay for the clean up and maybe go pick up litter and gum around the campus for an entire day. It seems like that would be punishment enough.


Article Comment Grown! commented at 5/14/2010 10:29:00 AM:

I think that everyone on here arguing is quite ridiculous. This was a stupid senior prank. There is NO reason for grown people to be acting so childish and arguing. DAVE MILLER and LANCE. Grow up. Nobody cares about who exaggerated what. Get over it.


Article Comment amazed commented at 5/14/2010 10:30:00 AM:

Who would have thought this would come to this? Cooper states the kids "KIND OF" vandalized the school. He states the prank did not leave any lasting damage and there was no cost to the school for the clean up. So it seems Cooper was defending these kids, how ironic!


Article Comment JustMe commented at 5/14/2010 10:45:00 AM:

The kids borke the law by breaking into the school. They got arrested for breaking the law. Now they pay the price for their actions. The law did excatly what they were supposed to do. So get over it!


Article Comment youjustdontknow commented at 5/14/2010 11:18:00 AM:

it amazes me that all of you people are going by hearsay. You don't know who did what or who said what. The deal is that they broke the law by breaking into a county office. regardless if they didnt do any damage or not they still broke into the building. when you get caught breaking and entering it is considered a felony regardless of if there was anything stolen or any damage done. the lcso is not just making up a crime just to scare the kids, they are being charged with what the law book said to charge them with. eventually the charges will probably be dropped, but they did the crime they have to deal with the consequences. More than likely all of you who are against them getting into trouble are the ones that know these kids or their parents. like someone said in a statement before if it was somebody's house that they broke into it would be a completely different story. i understand that they were pulling a prank and that they did no damage. dont blame cooper or the lcso for the charges because the school is the one that had to make the decision of having them arrested. so i will say one more thing before i end. unless you know for a fact what all of this crap entails keep your mouths shut....


Article Comment whatwouldudo commented at 5/14/2010 11:27:00 AM:

Ok how many of us did something stupid when we were younger? EVERYONE did!! Its not like these children are criminals!!! They did a senior prank. Which is one thing that happens period end of story a prank. They didnt break in your house... they werent doing it in intentions to hurt anyone or steal anything. They did it with laughter. Its called being a kid. Dont put blame on the LCSO or their parent or anyone else. Its an innocent prank taken too far in small town USA! That everyones problems instead getthe log out of your own eye or your own families eye! Quit being so hateful for kids being kids trying to be funny. What is sad is they didnt think of the after or punishment not that they pulled the prank. I hate it for them....


Article Comment jd commented at 5/14/2010 11:31:00 AM:

For all you dumb butts out there. Being arrested doesn't mean being convicted! I doubt seriously that the district attorney will even give this a second thought after he gets through laughing. I think they have been punished and embarassed enough already, don't ya'll. Enough already! Let's get real, people!


Article Comment cc commented at 5/14/2010 11:35:00 AM:

I've never seen so many rude people in my life. Obviously majority of you do not have kids since you're saying that they SHOULD be charged with a felony.


Article Comment Reality Bites commented at 5/14/2010 12:06:00 PM:

Maybe someone should realize that playing pranks at school, on teachers, classmates has gotten way out of hand and OLD. School employees, for the most part, work hard to HELP students and parents - so they should be privileged to have someone roll their yard, grease the hallway, pour syrup (or other substances)in their hair?? It's like trick or treat - when you get the candy, you go on your way. When the person doesn't give you candy - they get "tricked." THEY got their CANDY for 13 years, so they should move on with their life. They have their 15 minutes - most people could not even recall senior pranks at CHS for the last several years. You will only be remembered for your stupidity - not your one-up-man-ship on the previous classes. Grow up, people - life has consequences, so you better get used to it.


Article Comment ncs commented at 5/14/2010 12:10:00 PM:

"(Since comments are anonymous you could be rude or hateful, but should you?)"
This is right above the comment text box, bet none of the dissenters took time to read that.
It saddens me to see that "adults" have nothing more productive to do with their time than to argue a mute point online. I'm willing to bet good money that none of you dissenters have the testicular fortitude to make any of the comments you've left on here in person to the 'criminals' or their families. With this being said, what's the point of posting it online? Sticking behind what you do and say, even when its wrong, admitting your faults, and accepting punishment is a sign of integrity and honesty, which these students obviously possess. Can we say the same for you? Not hardly.
But since the rude and obnoxious barrier has already been broken, I'll add my rude $.02 and leave you with one of the best quotes I've read regarding the internet. "Fighting and arguing online is like running in the special olympics; even if you win, you're still retarded."


Article Comment Ryan commented at 5/14/2010 1:14:00 PM:

@girls apologizing:
Don't. Apologize. You didn't cause anyone any harm. Really, all you did was give some bitter old folks something to talk about from up on their gigantic, self-righteous, thrones of piety. They should really be thanking you- I'm sure it gets hard to find someone to pass unwarranted and uneducated judgments on all the time. You're kids being kids, and you don't have a hell of a lot more time to do that. It's really a shame this is such a big deal.


Article Comment wlpa commented at 5/14/2010 1:28:00 PM:

This survey would never have been created if these kids were black, because the Lowndes Co.Sch.district seems to levy heavy criminal charges on all black kids at Caledonia and New Hope for anything; even lies.
Regardless of how small the infraction; what's good for the goose should be good for the gander.
Oh!what about the (alleged)white older male citizen that rushed a Caledonia school bus with an (alleged)loaded gun drawn on a bus load of black students living on Kid Road in October 2003. No one did a survey on that incident, and no one was arrested; same school same legal advisor; same DA.


Article Comment WLPA commented at 5/14/2010 1:30:00 PM:

This survey would never have been created if these kids were black, because the Lowndes Co.Sch.district seems to levy heavy criminal charges on all black kids at Caledonia and New Hope for anything; even lies.
Regardless of how small the infraction; what's good for the goose should be good for the gander.
Oh!what about the (alleged)white older male citizen that rushed a Caledonia school bus with an (alleged)loaded gun drawn on a bus load of black students living on Kid Road in October 2003. No one did a survey on that incident, and no one was arrested; same school same legal advisor; same DA.


Article Comment CPA commented at 5/14/2010 1:48:00 PM:


Take your racist attitude and stuff it. Why is it that black people can't take responsibility for their children and quit blaming white people because they wind up in prison? One day, probably not in my lifetime, you black people will accept responsibility for what you choose to do wrong and know that the price you pay is for just the crime you did.


Article Comment Robin commented at 5/14/2010 2:36:00 PM:

I have been a business owner for 13 years and I believe these young girls are being turned into monsters and criminals and its wrong. Every one has done stupid and silly things as a teenagers some of the school board members and police officers need to remember that ! How about all the wicked and evil done in this city by adults officials elected , everyone remember those people on election day since they never do wrong !


Article Comment candy commented at 5/14/2010 2:45:00 PM:

this is so dumb - these are good kids who will amount to something in life so the school, sheriffs department, and whoever else is involved in trying to prosecute them need to wake up and figure out a suitable punishment and quit wasting tax payers money, SHAME ON YOU !!!


Article Comment Jane commented at 5/14/2010 3:34:00 PM:

I believe the kids are getting what they deserve and hopefully will learn a huge lesson. I am sure they are good kids and obviously they haven't murdered anyone, but I do believe they should be punished and it should be more than a slap on the wrist. For one, why were those kids out at 1 or 2 am? That is too late for a high school student to be out anyway and the ramifications of what they did could have hurt someone, thankfully no one wasn't, but students/teachers could have fallen and hurt themselves pretty bad. I know their intent was not to hurt anyone, but they don't need to get off scott free either.


Article Comment B-4-REAL commented at 5/14/2010 3:41:00 PM:



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Article Comment Sharp Nasal Kent commented at 5/14/2010 4:39:00 PM:

I think kids who get busted for possession of pot should get let off too. Kids will be kids! Didn't we all do crazy stuff when we were younger?


Article Comment Ryan commented at 5/14/2010 5:07:00 PM:

What is all of this "They were out too late for a bunch of kids." stuff? They're 18.


Article Comment lll commented at 5/14/2010 5:20:00 PM:

wow sharp nasal kent you r dumb and btw to everybody else
that doesn't agree with the punishment your probably not the one paying for it.


Article Comment On outside looking In :) commented at 5/14/2010 5:46:00 PM:

I think that if each and every sheriff, sheriff's deputy, cop, Principal, teacher's past was looked into they more than likely have done A whole lot worse and more than likely got caught...were breaks given to you....go find the REAL criminals and GET OVER yourselves and hope one day your kids don't make a mistake and when they do and they will, hope they are scolded but put on there way!! This is VERY BAD PR for YOU.... SHAME SHAME earn our respect back and admit on GOING OVERBOARD and GROW SOME! :)


Article Comment Thomas commented at 5/14/2010 6:19:00 PM:

I think these kids have learned their lesson. They have satisfied the school and I'm sure their parents will keep reminding them of this for a long time. It's time to let it go. I do hope that the charges will be dropped. A felony is taking it a little too far. Come on Butch. Be the big man here.


Article Comment aseymer commented at 5/14/2010 6:23:00 PM:

we pulled the same pranks back in school and so did the people who are punishing these kids. the only difference now is the laws!! I just wonder if they remember back when they were kids???? What was their punishment??


Article Comment Jennifer commented at 5/14/2010 6:24:00 PM:

These kids are kids---they are going to make mistakes--haven't we all. And no, this was not well thought out--all they wanted to do was a Senior prank--what about the meth makers, child abusers, etc...? Go after them--I am not saying anything that hasn't already been said--Give them a break--this has already ruined thier graduation week--a time that was suppose to be filled with anticipation and excitement and now they have been in the Packet and on the front page of the Dispatch 2 days in a row--where is your compassion? LCSO don't be hard-hearted and group these kids in with all of the other trash you have to deal with on a daily basis--it's easy to do but you have to step back and look at the whole picture--again--they are kids and this will shape the rest of their lives!


Article Comment USMer commented at 5/14/2010 7:06:00 PM:

""Columbus High School has not experienced any property damage or destructive senior pranks over the past several years," said Caig Shannon. Really? Is that supposed to make Columbus High seem like it has an administration that is on top of things? Does Columbus high even have a senior class? I figured they all dropped out before then. Some of them were probably going to pull a senior prank but got caught up in a drive by."

How completely offensive and disrespectful. Mr. Halford brought up New Hope, it makes complete sense to ask another principle in the area how similar situations are handled. My sister happens to be at the top of the class at CHS this year, and going to a state university on full scholarship. My brother is right behind her, and my mother is an educator at CHS. I assure you, both of them will be FAR more prepared for college than I was at New Hope.

I am sure if this happened at CHS, which many seem to be waiting and watching to fail, words like "thug" and "malicious intent" would be thrown around by you all in a much more aggressive manner.

CHS has its flaws in administration, just like EVERY public school in this area, and most in the state.

When you break into a building, that is breaking and entering. When you have intent to leave that building in worse shape than you found it (a MESS), that is malicious intent. That is time that a state employee has to spend cleaning that they otherwise would not have had to do. The law applies to every one but the golden children, I suppose.


Article Comment Seriously? commented at 5/14/2010 7:45:00 PM:

Some of you are seriously going to bring the religion card into this? That is sad and further concludes my fears on how the South is falling deeper and deeper into stupidity.

I don't care if they are "Good Christians", Buddhist, Wiccans, Hindus, Muslim, Atheist, etc. etc. Religion has NOTHING to do with what these kids did and people seriously need to stop pulling this into situations like these.


Article Comment NINA commented at 5/14/2010 7:51:00 PM:

they should be punish like everybody else that break tha law. if they were black they would have everything else to say.but since they r white of course they are trying to get out of their charges.I applaud Mr.Cooper for doing his job.Mr.Cooper don't let them bully you cause they don't want a felony record are they can't go to college.You shouldn't did what you did.Prank are not it still breaking and enter into a building without anyone permission.IT'S A FELONY... GET OVER IT...IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THE TIME THEN DON'T DO THE CRIME....SEEN THEM TO JAIL IF CONVICTED AND LET THEM SEE HOW IT FEEL TO HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD HANGING OVER THEIR HEADS.THEN ANT NO COLLEGE WILL WANT THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE THAT RECORD.THEY NEED TO LEARN A LESSON JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE TREAT THEM LIKE A FELON.SO WHAT SHE HAD BRUISES ON HER ANKLES SHE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE PULLING THA PRANK SHE DID.I'M TELLIN YOU MR.COOPER IF YOU LET THIS SLIDE YOU WILL HAVE ALOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE OUT THERE SAYING IT WASN'T FAIR TO LET THEM SLIDE LIKE THAT.I DON'T CARE IF THE PARENT PAID THA MONEY THEY STILL NEED TO FACE THE


Article Comment nina commented at 5/14/2010 7:54:00 PM:

charges they have against them...ENOUGH SAID.


Article Comment Bob Ross commented at 5/14/2010 9:52:00 PM:

These young people made a great mistake, no doubt. A gross mistake in judgment. Accountability is necessary, leading to punishment. There is no race issue, this is a young people issue. THIS IS NO CRIME, no permanent destruction no steading involved, doesn't need to be tagged a crime. Enough has already happened to send a message to current and future people that should serve as a deterrent. Paying for cleaning the area, cleaning the school, or community service would be totally adequate for what these kids did.


Article Comment hot rod nova commented at 5/14/2010 10:25:00 PM:



Article Comment areyoukidding? commented at 5/14/2010 10:29:00 PM:

Ok, the debate over the level of offense is one thing. Mr. Ross, you are stating that "THIS IS NO CRIME". You must be joking. If you actually mean that, please post your street address as well as your vacation plans, in case this time wasn't enough for them. Then they can go into your house while you're gone to pour these same substances on your floors.


Article Comment 4thekids commented at 5/14/2010 10:55:00 PM:

First of all nina, this is NOT a racist thing, YOU ARE! And I hope you don't talk like you spell. You don't have a clue about what's going on. I can tell how uneducated you are, so I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. If you even understand what that means.


Article Comment Paul Bryant commented at 5/15/2010 12:47:00 AM:

My son goes to CHS and he is in the 10th grade. While I do see some humor in the whole ordeal, I also have to say that if my son would have walked on those hallways and slipped and got hurt, YOU TALK ABOUT SOME PARENT showing out. I love pranks, and I'm just glad nobody got hurt from it. I personally know all these girls (never met the guy) and they are all from well respected families, all very popular, and all very smart. TOO smart to pull something like this INSIDE the school, which had cameras video-taping the whole thing.. If nothing else... You probably would have never got caught had you put oil on that video camera that taped the whole thing.


Article Comment Paul Bryant commented at 5/15/2010 1:31:00 AM:

Also, while I have read some of the most ridiculous stuff on here from whom I assume are grown people (over the age of 35), I will say that you can learn alot about people on a chat session.. Much more than an Essay where it's proof read over and over.. Kara, I commend you for commenting, I want to say:
Kara, don't say anything else....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Article Comment Mike commented at 5/15/2010 7:58:00 AM:

Awww Chicken Lips, you're ok. Just need a foot in your butt once in a while. Try to behave, huh?


Article Comment KD commented at 5/16/2010 2:09:00 PM:

These kids are arrested....WHAT! Meanwhile we have students actually in school...during a normal school day...that can curse,hit,fight and pretty much do as they please to anyone and anything and our administration is to afraid to do anything other than in school suspension or "talking to them" because of who they are...please.......Let's see soem chages IN the schools by some folks with a backbone and lay off a harmless prank. Make the kids where signs and clean up the school for a week..toilets included...but an arrest record....that's ridiculous!


Article Comment KD commented at 5/16/2010 2:18:00 PM:

Most folks on here agree they should be punished SEVERELY!!!! but not with a criminal record.....what?...There are SO many times a student is "let off the hook" becuse of skin color because the schools are to afraid to do something for fear of certain folks threatning to sue.Why is it because they are white you people want to pull the race card.....I'm so sick of that excuse from people...get over it. Educate yourself and then talk!


Article Comment Speechless commented at 5/16/2010 7:57:00 PM:

Just a thought: Does s.w.= Sherry Walden? Does Jane= Jane Kilgore?


Article Comment hateme commented at 5/17/2010 12:56:00 AM:

on a second note, the people here seem to have nothing better to do with their time than to pass judgement on others. and let's see, the "bloggers" (if that is what you think you are) here are about double the age of the defendants? and according to your comments, this is a room of perfect people; a blog world of the Holy and Divine. ha..ha.. cast the first stone... and as far as others here trying to make this about race, GIVE IT UP!. i will not disagree there is very harsh and extreme racist activity going on there, but, do you really feel that the way you ARE treated should be passed on to others? just because it happened to you or someone you know?... bitter... I am sure that all of you here are Christians, so, are you going to act as such?


Article Comment huh? commented at 5/17/2010 4:33:00 AM:

@the people pulling race cards, if someone in here was of jewish descent, could they also pull their race cards out because of the holocaust? I don't see them bringing their race into the picture everytime something goes on that they disagree with so why should african americans? All most of you know is the word 'slavery' and you've been taught that the white man owes you something so you have a false sense of entitlement. No, YOU were not a slave and I (being white) was not your slave master, so no, I owe you nothing more than I owe any other person in this world, so stop acting ignorant, please.


Article Comment DocDude commented at 5/17/2010 7:31:00 AM:

"I don't see them bringing their race into the picture everytime something goes on that they disagree with so why should african americans?"

They do it because it has worked in the past. Much like an animal that will mimic a behavior over and over that seems to draw a favorable response, especially one that is desired by the animal, blacks have learned to yell racism when their own efforts fail to obtain that which they desire.

I don't know which is more sad. Them doing it, or people letting them.


Article Comment Kitty commented at 5/17/2010 11:35:00 AM:

This was so stupid and pointless. Grow up...its 2010


Article Comment Answer the question Birney commented at 5/18/2010 7:43:00 AM:

Birney, answer the question. Why have you continued to show the Caledonia 6's pictures online for a solid week plus now, but you didn't show your brothers picture when he pulled his little fence jumping stunt when he was running from the law?

Why is that Birney? Answer the question.

I don't care if you keep the story up online, but enough with the mugshots already.

Answer the question Birney, or do we need to boycott you and your advertisers?


Article Comment Caledonia Resident commented at 5/18/2010 2:38:00 PM:

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!" They did it and these fine, upstanding, christian young adults deserve whatever the law dictates. I think it will be a very hard lesson for them...understanding that Mom & Dad cannot bail you out. Good kids and innocent people go to jail all the time..just ask anyone in prison.


Article Comment Whut? commented at 5/18/2010 3:42:00 PM:

Lets hear it for the Caledonia Village Idiot.


Article Comment Parent of CHS student commented at 5/18/2010 10:40:00 PM:

Seems to me like there's too many people in Caledonia who don't have anything better to do with their time. Well, all I can say is while you may feel better posting all of this, you are only making it look bad on our community. Nobody has thought about the fact that there are about 50 new military families who are either here or are in the process of moving in this month (new squadron just got stationed here) Let's just all hope they dont pass judgment on our community over this. And if they did, I sure wouldn't blame them.


Article Comment hateme commented at 5/19/2010 12:17:00 AM:

Should an example be made of an exemplary person? or should that person be held up in high regards. praised (if you were) as one to show others the way?, to offer the only choice a human has?, to choose! If only I made a choice... you would all ______>......Oh, and I second Whut?!


Article Comment hateme commented at 5/19/2010 12:47:00 AM:

@ Parent of CHS, Nay you say unto the delicate thread the people of this town have weaved.! (in other words, yes, this entire area looks as it sounds!) I know the people of this area. Let me ask you?, a felony for corn oil?! Sounds as absurd as the law that is written! The definition is just, but the intent of a crime!!! is not, it was a prank! How could an intellectual person of this time see otherwise?


Article Comment Caledonia Resident commented at 5/19/2010 11:49:00 AM:

An exemplary person would not commit a B&E into the local high school to pour oil on the floor and zip tie the lockers. Though an exemplary person might make mistakes, admit them, accept and suffer the consequences of their actions. These children don't deserve to suffer they rest of their lives for a mistake but they should be made to do a lot of community service hours. Putting on a orange vest and picking up trash on the side of the road several days a week would make them think.


Article Comment AUBURN FAN commented at 5/20/2010 8:51:00 PM:



Article Comment EAM commented at 5/23/2010 10:13:00 AM:

I am reading lot of this and a lot of that. I am even seeing the race issue pop up. Yes, the kids did break the law, but I don't think that burglary should be used. They shall be punished, no doubt. Some may say that these kids should be punished like thoes before them (blacks). Maybe so, but the buck has to stop somewhere regardless of race. The law needs to be followed with discretion regardless of race. The elements of a given law are what they are. If you do not like the law, look in the mirrors. We are still in use of the 1890 constitution and that anointed code of 1972. It is 2010. Furthermore, we have a small group of people making the decisions for the majority. Everyone, wake up, get right, get involved. Vote on the issues, not on the party. Put people in office to clean this mess for the greater good. Do not fix it by wealth, social status, or race. Fix it for the good of all citizens. Whites, blacks, hispanics, other, young, old, male or female. My friends, we have got to know when to say when. I graduated from Caledonia in 1998. I obtained a degree and attended a police academy (Mississippi Police Corps) through the US Departmetn of Justice. I tell the people in my police jurisdiction that I want to return home to serve and they are begging me to stay where I am. People always aske me where I'm from and I am proud to tell them. I now begin to question myself. People, please stop thinking just about yourselves and start thinking about the greater good. We would get along a little better.


Article Comment EAM commented at 5/23/2010 10:27:00 AM:

Now for the students. A charge of vandalism or malicious mischief would be sufficient along with restitution and a couple of months of community service. After looking at yourselves according to how you voted. Observe the sheriff, constables, supervisors, columbus mayor, city council, senators, reps. Pay attention to how they are actually serving you. Are they even working together. Do not vote on some one because of there that look like someone you know, or race, or party, or just because you never heard of other candidate. Do your research. Don't vote on someone becasue they are telling you what you want to hear, but telling you how "it is" and what needs to be done. Don't vote on someone accoring to what you can't get out of them on personal level (favors). Vote on thoes who are willing to take care of you and your neighbors or anyone else in your political subdivision collectively.


Article Comment EAM commented at 5/23/2010 10:32:00 AM:

Please forgive the typo ("of there that").


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