Okay, as if there isn't enough to worry about when sending your kids out on Halloween -- here comes this story of a group of Tennessee teens who were busy pulling a Halloween prank when a grumpy neighbor barreled out of his house and began shooting at them. Their big crime? Toilet papering their school principal's yard. And no, it wasn't the principal who shot at them.
Dale Bryant Farris was arrested after allegedly shooting at least twice at a group of teens who had decided to pull the old toilet paper prank on their school principal. Farris reportedly came out of his house and began trying to pluck off the teens. One of them, a 15-year-old, was hit in his foot, knee, palm, and torso. He is in the hospital recovering.
Authorities say that the kids weren't on Farris' property -- nor does he have any criminal record or any history with the teens. Guess he just doesn't like toilet paper.
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"We want everybody to have a good time, but we want everybody to be safe," Sgt. Chris Guess told the Times Free Press. He added that if people feel there is property being vandalized, they should call cops, not just start shooting. DUH. Sheesh, this idiot could have killed one of these teens. Some people should really not be allowed to own guns. I hope this guy has his taken away after this! He was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
While toilet papering a yard isn't exactly classy, it is classic Halloween behavior. And since the principal declined to press charges, I guess he didn't mind it so much.
Teens out on Halloween and looking to prank it up aren't always thinking. I remember toilet papering yards -- also throwing raw eggs down on a highway. Never occurred to me and my friends in a million years that we could cause an accident. Thank god those days are over and my brain is now fully formed (most days).
But this dude with the gun -- something is still wrong with his brain. You might yell at toilet papering teens, or call the cops on them, but try to kill them? That's just spooky.
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