Senior Prank Lands 19 in Jail

Senior Prank Lands 19 in Jail

There are 14 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Jun 19, 2007, titled Senior Prank Lands 19 in Jail. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

Was it a senior prank that went too far? Or are police and school administrators overreacting? It depends on who's answering the question.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WXIA Atlanta.

Last Day

Athens, GA

#1 Jun 19, 2007
Wow thats a tough one. Catch 22, they could of been pulling a prank but these days you CANNOT PLAY LIKE THAT.

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jun 19, 2007
breaking and entering, trepassing. Really good kids??? I understand wanting to have a little fun on the last day of school but not by breaking the law.
Running Scared

Smyrna, GA

#4 Jun 19, 2007
Our society once again is over-reacting and "knee jerking". I don't see anything about wires, boxes, flares, just alarm clocks!!!
Years ago, my class put a VW on the roof of the gym. Today, would that be a car bomb? Should I be in jail?
We've ruined pur airline industry and now we are working on the schools.... let's apply some common sense.
We must quit allowing a few foreign "low lifes" change our entire way of life!
sorry for them

Carrollton, GA

#5 Jun 19, 2007
I think they should be charged for breaking and entering/trespassing, but not for planting a "bomb." I know things got touchy after 9/11, but there weren't explosives tied to it, or even a pipe trying to make it look like an explosive... the kids were probably really trying to be funny having them all go off at different times to disrupt class, as they said. I know they still broke the law, but they weren't bombs... I am a teacher and I believe these kids should be punished... but not with such overreactive measures.

Windsor, Canada

#6 Jun 19, 2007
These kids can't possibly be that naive as to really think that when the clocks where discovered everyone would just stand around and have a "good ol' laugh". They're not children and they deserve to be dealt with in an adult fashion.
Its a joke

Atlanta, GA

#7 Jun 19, 2007
This was a huge prank - there were about 50 kids actually involved. Some kids just contributed money to buy the clocks, some actually went and bought them, and some were going to place them in the school.

We really have become a society that panics and overreacts. And those of you who say anything about "not breaking the law." Do you ever speed, do a calif stop at a stop sign?

Come on - the intent here was to be funny, not to break the law. No one was hurt - our schools are just overreacting as usual. And they definitely shouldn't be charged with a felony.

Do we not have better things to do than put pranksters in prison?

Ball Ground, GA

#8 Jun 19, 2007
I get that this was a joke. But the 'kids will be kids' mentality does not fly with me. These are young people who are going into our society and if they are let go related to this incident, they will think they can get away with other things. I think they should be punished and not allowed to walk in graduation ceremonies, but do not do jail time. Parole should do it and community service. Everyone needs to learn that there are consequences to our actions. We are not living 'back when we graduated'. Times have changed and so has society. We can not use the excuse of 'that was no big deal when I was a kid.'

Athens, GA

#9 Jun 19, 2007
Ok this is not Porky's revenge, but if they were really smart they just would of went to school early and planted the clocks that would of avoided the breaking/entering charge. Honestly, not being able to walk in the ceremony after all those years of hard work to be forgotten just because of one instance is punishment enough. But look at the company, who was advertising there product and put neon faces all over town and got sued/charges applied.
Queen B

Northbrook, IL

#10 Jun 19, 2007
Sadly, the times we are living in right now, a situation like this has to be taken seriously. These kids knew enough that these clocks could have been mistaken for a bomb. So, now the school has to be cleared, officers called out, swat team, investigators, etc. That kind of stupid prank pulls law enforcement away from real emergencies.

Would this be looked at the same way if these kids pulled a stunt like this at work? Would everyone be quick to say, " oh they are just kids, it is to harsh". Nope, they would be prosecuted. I dont feel sorry for them, they knew exactly what they were doing.
AJ 3boys

Dawsonville, GA

#12 Jun 19, 2007
This was a highschool senior prank. These kids ARE kids until they are making there own money and supporting themselves. I know times have changed, but for goodness sake....this is a tradition not a felony!
Queen B

Duluth, GA

#14 Jun 19, 2007
AJ 3boys wrote:
This was a highschool senior prank. These kids ARE kids until they are making there own money and supporting themselves. I know times have changed, but for goodness sake....this is a tradition not a felony!
Sorry, their action WAS a felony. And, that is what is wrong with kids, is that some parents dont have the balls to teach their kids to be responsible.

Milford, CT

#15 Jun 20, 2007
The terrorists have won. It used to be you could watch Bugs Bunny or The Three Stooges and alarm clock bombs would go off and everyone watching would have a laugh. Now, kids get arrested for fake ones that don't even go boom. Should a 5 year old get thrown in juvy for carrying a water pistol that looks like a gun? There is no sense of humor anymore. The terrorists have won if they've taken away just one thing we're not allowed to joke about anymore. It's a sad commentary on where American society is headed.
Aunt B

United States

#17 Jun 20, 2007
Imagine if Opie had done this? Ol' Ang would probably give Ope a sound talkin' to and a good example of how this can affect people in a negative way. Opie would understand (finally) and never do that again. What a nice world, huh?


#18 Apr 27, 2008
I attended hen hud and i do remember bomb threats back in the 70"s. However times have changed alot since then and things will be taken seriously as they should. Dont they still have a senior skip day?

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