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Graffiti garners felony charge for teen boys in Texas

Graffiti from an apparent senior prank landed five teenagers in police custody. The graffiti -- which was spray painted on the building of an opposing high school -- apparently depicted vulgar imagery and included racially charged statements. Each of the five teen boys is currently facing a felony charge for his alleged involvement in the act.

Texas police claim that the graffiti went beyond a simple prank. One of the officers involved in the investigation claims that some of the messages were racially insensitive and featured offensive gender overtones. Not all of the graffiti contained words, and at least one image was supposedly in the shape of male genitalia. Another area that was spray painted eluded to the idea that the graffiti might have been some form of payback for another incident.

The teenage boys, all of whom are aged 17 to 18 years old, were arrested and held behind bars on $2,500 bail. Prior to their arrests, Texas police believe that one of the teens drove all of them to a neighborhood near the high school, from where they then walked to the building. However, the boys also claim that much of the graffiti located on the school's buildings was already present before they arrived.

Because of the boys' ages, all of the teens will have to face their charges as adults rather than juveniles. A felony charge for allegedly defacing a school can have serious consequences, including as long as two years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. This can be exceptionally daunting for young individuals who have their entire futures ahead of them, making it wise for defendants to undertake careful preparation for trial alongside their respective counsel.

Source: breitbart.com, "Alleged 'Senior Prank' Lands Five Texas Teens in Jail on Felony Charges", Merrill Hope, May 28, 2016

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