Young Black men in America there is no margin of error when it comes to you in this world. Don’t believe us, take the case of Tyell Morton, an 18-year-old highschool student who will now miss his graduation charged with felony criminal mischief and now faces 8-years of prison time, for a senior prank gone wrong.
Tyell Morton, an 18-year-old student at Rushville High School now faces up to 8 years in prison after he allegedly placed a blow up doll in the girl’s restroom as a senior prank.
According to Indiana State Police, Morton was arrested after school security cameras captured a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt entering the building with suspicious package and then leaving without it.
Unsure of the package’s content, school officials evacuated the entire school and called in the Indiana State Police Bomb Squad.
Morton’s attorney thinks the possible eight year prison sentence is excessive, stating that if Morton had brought a gun to school, he would only be facing a class D felony which allows for up to three years in jail.
Now, this is a young man who has no criminal record, we understand that the police were pulled into this because of the suspicious nature of the package left in the girls restroom, however 8-years in prison just seems outrageous.We’re not saying that there shouldn’t be consequence, he was wrong and had a lapse in good judgment.
Why not have the young man’s family pay for the cost of mobilizing the police force? He would have received less jail time for bringing a weapon to school in our post-Colombine world, but for a blow up doll 8 years? When he gets out of prison he’ll be more of a problem for society; the prison system is not known for creating outstanding citizens.