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Teens accused of gluing locks at Greenbrier deny charges

Posted: August 3, 2012 - 4:30pm  |  Updated: August 9, 2012 - 9:59am
One of the four former Greenbrier High School students charged with gluing shut the locks of the school in May leaves the Columbia County Justice Center after an arraignment hearing Friday.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
One of the four former Greenbrier High School students charged with gluing shut the locks of the school in May leaves the Columbia County Justice Center after an arraignment hearing Friday.

 

Four teens accused of gluing locks at Greenbrier High School in May pled not guilty to the charges Friday.

Greenbrier seniors Brooklyn Leigh Bella, Dynisha Antionette Clemons, Elizabeth Sutton Metz and Kristin Arey Tannehill – were indicted in July for second degree criminal trespass. They pled not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing in Evans.

They were arrested May 14 after three of the seniors allegedly squirted glue into exterior locks at the school on May 11 and caused more than $4,000 in damage, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Described as a “senior prank,” Greenbrier staffers arrived at the school and found the lock cylinders on 43 exterior doors – including those on portable classrooms – had been disabled when someone squirted them full of Super Glue.

A 15-year-old male, whose name has not been released due to his age, was arrested May 17 in connection with the incident. His case is still pending in Columbia County Juvenile Court, Judge Doug Flanagan said.

School officials punished the teens by banning them from their high school graduation ceremony. They also demanded the girls pay to fix the locks before giving them their diplomas or releasing their second semester grades.

Metz is the only one of the four that has not paid her portion of the restitution, according to county School System Superintendent Charles Nagle.

When six Lakeside High School seniors committed the same prank in June 1993, they were also charged with second degree criminal damage to property, suspended from school and barred from taking part in graduation ceremonies. Those students also had to pay restitution before receiving their diplomas.

In January 2006, seven Burke County High School students were arrested when they squirted glue into the locks of 33 doors and two gates, causing about $3,000 in damages, according to a report from The True Citizen.

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Comments (6)

raul

Not guilty?

Paying the restitution could be construed as admitting guilt. Of course, they could say they needed the diploma to apply for college. By initially pleading not guilty, they may be looking for a plea bargain that would reduce the felony to a misdemenor in exchange for a guilty plea.

Craig Spinks

"My mama's gonna take care of it."

Or will she?

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

soapy_725

a slap on the wrist and off

to my little beamer. toilet paper is a prank, willful destruction of school property is a crime. What would make them remember and never commit another crime? Probably nothing.

madgerman

I wonder what would happen if

I wonder what would happen if I walked up and put a dent in an outside door with a hammer? Oh well we are a country of laws. The side you are on depends on mama or daddys friends.

A lady

they are bad news , on a

they are bad news , on a minor scale... definitely brats for sure

Little Lamb

Plea Bargain?

It would seem to me that the "not guilty" pleas are a bargaining chip for the attorneys to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. I agree with that. There's no compelling state interest in these four young women having a felony rap follow them the rest of their life.

Regarding the photo, all I can say is, "Nice legs."

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