Petition circulates for leniency of two teens charged with feloni - - Jackson, MS

Petition circulates for leniency of two teens charged with felonies in school prank

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - What should the punishment be for a prank at a rival school?

Some believe felony charges are too much for the 17-year-old Brandon students who defaced Pearl High School's football field.

Adam Cook and Tyler Dearman, both Brandon High School seniors are charged with felony malicious mischief.

The teens spray painted bulldog paw prints and the letters BHS on the new Pearl High astro-turf field the night before the big rivalry game. More than a dozen staff members spent hours scrubbing the paint out.

Sunday some Brandon High parents and alumni started circulating a petition for leniency and will turn it over to the district attorney.

"Adam's parents are making him help pay for his defense and everything. So they are responsible kids, it's just a prank. We've done it for years. Things have gone on for years like this. I just think it is ridiculous they are being charged with a felony," said Brandon High Parent, Lynn McNeely.

If convicted of felony malicious mischief the teens could face up five years in prison.

Our Twitter followers are telling us what punishment they believe fits the crime.

One viewer wrote: "I say no permanent adult record, but a juvie record with probation.

Brad said: "They shouldn't be charged with felonies. It wasn't drugs or violence".

Nickie wrote: "Community service would be enough punishment in my opinion. Definitely not a felony. That's too much".

And another viewer wrote: "Repayment for fixing the fields, lots of community service.They don't deserve to have their lives ruined for this".

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