Troy Buchanan pool pranksters charged

9:07 PM, May 18, 2011   |    comments
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  • Joshua Wilcockson, Robin Wilson and Kyle Hussey.
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  • Troy, Mo (KSDK) - Three Troy Buchanan High School students have been arrested and charged after a senior prank went wrong.

    The school said the students, identified as 17-year-old Joshua Wilcockson, and 18-year-olds Robin Wilson and Kyle Hussey, were charged with second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.  The three kids were each jailed on $20,000 cash-only bond.

    On May 6, high school employees and students arrived at school to find an overflowing pool constructed in the Commons area with 2011 painted on its side.

    The water damage is estimated at $15,000, according to district officials.

    "This isn't toilet paper across a tree. This isn't some funny little thing. This is tens of thousands of dollars of damage, so it warrants a proper response," said Troy Buchanan High School Principal Steven Harper.

    But the parents of one of those students believe this is anything but a proper response. They said these are good kids who do not deserve criminal records.

    And while they declined to talk on camera, others did, and said they believe the punishment in this case might not fit the crime.

    "I realize that's money out of pocket in a district that's struggling, but I think it's a little tough on the family as a whole," said parent Tammy Timmer.

    School officials would not comment on the current academic status of the students.  The senior class at Troy Buchanan graduated over the weekend.

    "Probably shouldn't even be a crime, 'cause it's a prank and you know it's going to happen every year," said student Ronnie Smith.


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