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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  • by Sadden Location: Two Counties over on Sep 19, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Really people, Neshoba football players vandalize the home of another Neshoba player's parents, and you want to talk about who some kid from Philly did totally unrelated to the felony in Neshoba County. Re-read all comments from beginning to end and you will see why these 'kids' thought it was okay to commit a felony. Its not the home that has lead them astray, its the community.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 at 03:52 AM
    Wondering.... the answer is in the law ACLU and a few others that stops parents from being parents.. bottom line if you do say something that a child doesnt like it is called abuse.. and kids are taught this from K-12
  • by Will Location: The party county on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    I think a lot of people on here are just jealous because they never had a chance to make a statement.....Much luv to you guys....
  • by Rob Location: Philadelphia on Sep 13, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    The game nor the vandalism has nothing to with "where the parents was" "church" "bible" "parenting" "members of the country club(im still laughing about that one)" "preaching" "texting" or "money" You people are so DUMBFOUNDED!!!!! These kids are not juvenile delinquents, one mistake in their lives does NOT make them bad. Juvenile delinquents are kids with a wrap sheet, that continue to disobey and break the law. Not a one of these kids have been in trouble once in their lives. I am sure each one has learned a lesson from all of this. For you bible belt, bible thumping, "church goers" that only go to church every saturday or sunday for appearance and a fashion show (because that IS what philadelphia, MS IS all about). You may be the ones that need to listen in jesus camp to your priest, father, muhammad, preacher, pastor, bishop, rabbi, reverend, minister, mediator, or whatever you may call them! AND NOT PASS JUDGEMENT, that is just as bad as what these kids did!
  • by LeSlIe Location: Down wit da swurl on Sep 13, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    @ Macy and Laurie. You are oh so true! Just a little band geek. Had this been a cheerleader nothing would have ever happen, it would have just slid by. But no, because a weakling got her nose "broken" it had to be pushed to the furtherest extent. Cry baby's don't need to be on a football field any why, shape, form, or fashion. People if you only knew Sir "andy BREWER" he may have deserved a little more then what he got. OH BTW his son did roll yards that week. And for the rest is down with the swirl.
  • by Agreeing with Shelly Location: Meridian on Sep 13, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    Shelly is right on target: $23,000.00 in damages does NOT fall under the "kids will be kids" category. I am a very sound sleeper and am rarely awakened in the night--even storms and frequently ringing phones at the head of my bed do not wake me--it's completely understandable that the homeowners didn't hear what was going on. I also agree with Wondering, and am wondering myself why kids are not required to use good manners--and good judgment for crying-out-loud. ALL of this could have been avoided by use of good-ole common sense. Of course, in some schools, common sense dies when sports enter the picture. Sports are supposed to ENHANCE the school. What a shame!
  • by Wondering Location: in the area on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    What ever happened to children being taught manners and polite conduct? It seems to me that if the band was finishing the program, the common sense action for the football team would be to step back and give them a couple of minutes to complete the program and exit the field--how hard could this be? Violence against a band member (or anyone else) is completely unacceptable, and I would call their central office, get on the agenda at the next board meeting, and "discuss" it with the board. imho the district whose students broke this girl's nose should be held responsible financially--students should suffer consequences as well. And mother of injured, you are correct--it is YOUR business if you choose to press charges and imho you ARE within your rights. I'm sorry your daughter's suffering at the hands of rude and out-of-control ill-behaved students who have obviously had little "home training".
  • by Shelly Location: MS on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    A prank is toilet paper rolling, $23,000 worth of property damage, a felony. Sorry folks, but kids will be kids, doesn't apply. These kids when punished will hopefully learn a valuable lesson that will make them better adults. As far as the parents concerned about this being on their record, well that's the price you pay. If we cushion everything our kids do then how will they ever learn about true consequences. The game between these two schools should cease to exist, if you are gonna have this type of drama then stop it before it starts.
  • by mother of injured Location: neshobab county on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    1)I am the mother of the child who was injured at the football game against philly ans as to her injuries her nose was severly bruised and possibly fractured. 2)I dont think that it is anyone elses business as to whether I press charges for assult or not 3)I dont feel that philly got what they should have now they think that no matter what they do that they will only get a slap on the wrist for it4)I do as for the kids that did the vandalizum should be punished to an extent but there are limits to that I also feel that phillys ball football team should have recieved worse because there is no since in what they did5)It was phillies band that went over on time and when nc band ran out time was added because of that fact 6) also as for the person who asked where were the parents at the game well I was there watching my daughter play and march supporting her team and then the next thing i knew she was in a mob of football players.
  • by Josh Location: Philadelphia on Sep 13, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    The small town gossip has got so many sides to this story its not even worth trying to understand which one is right. but Maybe the home owners should think back to what all they have done growing up with this Philly-Neshoba Central Rivalry. It's also really strange that no one hears a group of people causing $23K worth of damage and throwing concrete into a pool heavy enough to crack the concrete on the bottom. They must have been deaf not to hear that. It's strange how some people get punished to the fullest extent of the law while some people get away free and you never hear anything else about it here in Neshoba County. Truth be told...it's all in who you know or how big your wallet is here in corrupt little old Neshboa County.
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