When individuals are in high school, they may see the fun in pulling pranks or acting out. While some of those activities may not have lasting repercussions, some incidents could go too far and land juveniles in serious trouble. In particular, if what they perceived as a harmless prank leads to property damage, criminal charges could result.
It was recently reported that five teenagers were taken into custody in relation to alleged vandalism at a Texas high school. A photo of the school’s track and football field showed what appeared to be deep tire marks commonly associated with “doing donuts” across the landscaping. A professional estimate was reportedly obtained by the school, which determined that over $18,000 in damage had occurred. Additional details on the exact harm caused were not provided.
The report indicated that the individuals taken into custody included a 17-year-old male, who is considered an adult in this case, and four juveniles, whose ages were not provided. Additional details include the following:
- The 17-year-old was taken to jail on a $3,000 bond.
- All five of the suspects are facing charges for criminal mischief over $750 but less than $30,000.
- The charge is considered a state jail felony.
While these teens may not have fully thought through the possible consequences of their actions, they now face a very serious ordeal. The criminal charges brought against them could have lasting repercussions, and it would likely be in their best interests for them and their parents to fully explore their available defense options. Though four of the individuals are considered juveniles, handling their cases prudently is still essential.