Yearbook Prank Felony: What Did High School Student Kaitlyn Booth Do To Get Arrested?
A yearbook prank ended in a felony charge for one high school student in Missouri. According to CBS News, 17-year-old Kaitlyn Booth, a junior at Hickman High School in Columbia, was arrested on May 14 after she supposedly pulled an inappropriate prank on a fellow student.
Her crime? Booth allegedly changed another student's name from Raigan Mastain to Raigan "Masturbate" in the school yearbook. Unfortunately, the infraction was caught after the school yearbooks had already been dispersed to students. Because reprinting the yearbooks with the proper name would cost over $40,000, the school decided to recollect the yearbooks and add a sticker over the student's botched name.
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Mastain, who was on the student government at the high school, told CBS that she didn't even know Booth that well at school and that she didn't think her and Booth had any problems with one another. "At some point, when someone makes a mistake, there needs to be a consequence," she said.
"I was kind of annoyed. It was stupid, but I wasn't that upset," Mastain told UPI. "When you're in high school, you do stuff that is not necessarily the smartest, and this was an example of that."
Because of her yearbook prank, Booth could be charged with first-degree property damage, which is a felony, and harassment, according to Fairfax NZ News.
If convicted, Booth won't be the first high school student to land herself in jail for misplaced judgment. Two years ago, high school senior Tyell Morton was arrested after he brought a blow up doll to school and left it in the girl's bathroom as part of a senior prank. He faced a felony charge for the mischievous feat.
While the charges were later deemed excessive, Morton still faced up to eight years behind bars for the prank.
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