Prank Results in Charges

Over the years, leading up to the big game, students from the schools have been linked to mischievous activity, but nothing before like this.

Three days before the game, the backyard of a house on Deemer Road was vandalized. More than $23,000 worth of damage was done.

"They had like a cement settee outside with the big cement slab on top. They threw it in there and it tore the bottom of the lining of the swimming pool," said Neshoba County Sheriff's Department investigator Ralph Sciple. "Threw all of the wrought iron and lawn furniture, spray-painted it and threw it in the pool. Big, heavy flower pots with flowers in them, threw all that in the pool."

Sciple says the chimney, outside bar, carport and roadway in front of the house were also spray-painted. Twelve teenagers are being charged with felony malicious mischief in the case.

Two of the accused are being charged as juveniles, the others as adults.

Of those arrested, eight are members of the Neshoba Central football team. All of the teens have been released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Meanwhile, a controversy at last Friday night's game, during the halftime ceremony, has also led to some repercussions.

"I viewed video of what happened Friday night. However, because it did not belong to a school district, but instead to a private individual, I am not able to share it with you right now," said Neshoba County school superintendent George Shaw.

But he did share some still photos taken when the Neshoba Central Band was performing its last song. Philadelphia's football team had come out on the field to warm up for the next half. According to officials from Philadelphia, when this happened, the allotted time for the half-time show had expired.

"They put the three minutes back on the clock, which we understood was the initial time that the football teams come back and warm up before going back into scheduled play for the third quarter," said Philadelphia superintendent Joseph White.

"We could discontinue playing all sporting events with Philadelphia," said Shaw. "It's not something we're looking forward to have to do, but if we cannot get this under control we may have to discontinue some of these activities."

Officials say no punches were exchanged.

Those charged as adults are: Dion Yearwood, Jacob Gilbert, Dustin Tubby, Kameron Bryan, Heath Ellingburg, Kelsey Lewis, Kimber Gibson, Martin Wilson, and Roland Ellerby.


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