Fowl Play: New Jersey Teens Criminally Charged With School Prank

We have been following the trend toward using criminal penalties to handle pranks and simple misconduct by students in our schools. Now, three high school students in New Jersey are facing criminal charges for a simple senior prank of releasing chickens at the school. They may also be barred from graduation. It is part of the criminalization of our society where we are turning our children into little felons because school officials blindly call police at every little infraction.

Anthony Cesareo, 17, and Tyler Bruno, 17, pushed the chickens through a window at Woodbridge High School in the middle of the night. They chickens were found by a janitor the next day. No harm and perhaps a little fowl.

Technically, the third student — 18-year-old Bryan Pater — could receive $1,000 fine and six months in prison. While I doubt a judge would impose such a sentence, the question is why we continue to use the criminal justice system to deal with matters that were once the subject of simple teacher-parent conferences.

Source: NYCBS

27 thoughts on “Fowl Play: New Jersey Teens Criminally Charged With School Prank

  1. Blouise, That must be a particularly distinguishing trophy on the honor wall. I hope there’s someone at the School Board office that knows the story and can pass it on.

  2. pete,

    “it’s not like they released a rabbit”

    I forgot to say thanks for the clip – that’s my favorite part of the whole movie!

  3. “Chickens?! Where the hell did these hoodlums get there hands on live chickens, in central NJ?” – Anon

    225 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.


    “You do not love your children enough if you have them in a public school Fundamentalist religious organization.” – Tootles

    And in the tradition of our own HenMan: Go to Hell, Tootie. For no particular reason although the idea of a divisionist hateful clown such as yourself lecturing about loving ones children is particularly hypocritical given your past endorsement of private schools discriminating against children because their parents were homosexual.

  4. BIL,

    How are you feeling?!

    “And in the tradition of our own HenMan: Go to Hell, Tootie.”

    Lol – I was going to do the same thing but decided Taliban Tootie’s not worth the effort🙂

  5. SL,

    I bit better. The pain meds are facilitating though. Seriously, I think I’ve been out of bed and awake about 6 hours total over the last 6 days. The Dr.’s said if I’m not substantially feeling better by Monday w/o the pain meds that they are going to add additional A/B’s to the mix, but so far I have hope that the Cipro alone will get the job done. The croquet mallets have been replaced with being poked by heavy gauge drumsticks today. Still not great but a substantial improvement nonetheless. Thanks for asking.🙂

  6. BIL,

    Glad to hear you’re better! Hopefully by Monday, the drumsticks will be downgraded to cotton balls . . .

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