When you're in high school, practical jokes on fellow classmates can sometimes go a long way. If the joke is laugh out loud funny, you'll become somewhat of a legend in your school. If your joke bombs, well, you'll become less than legendary. That's what happened to 17-year-old Kaitlyn Booth from Columbia, Missouri. She pulled a practical joke at her high school that I'm not even sure she should be blamed for and now she is facing possible criminal charges for it.
So, it turns out; Miss Booth took the liberty to change her friend's name in the school's yearbook to a sexually suggestive word as a practical joke, but her joke has backfired and now she faces criminal charges. Booth was arrested on May 14 after teachers at Hickman High School in Columbia, noticed she'd altered her friend Raigan Mastain's last name to read "masturbate." Am I the only one who finds this hysterical? Now, police are saying that she could soon be charged with first-degree property damage, which is a felony, and harassment. What? Property damage? It's not like Booth took every single yearbook and wrote in the word "masturbate" in every book! If anyone is to blame here, it's the staff that has to proof the book. A good editor would have caught the error or joke before the book went into the printers. I find it hard to believe that a junior in high school was the last line of defense when this book was shipped out to be printed. If you ask me, the wrong person is being blamed here. Yes, she played a joke and it was funny, but criminal charges? Really?
Mastain responded on her Twitter page: "Wanna get bold? Say it to my face! Lol Not sweating it though, last time I checked I'm not in high school anymore." She also told a local newspaper, "When you're in high school, you do stuff that is not necessarily the smartest, and this was an example of that." Um, so who is pressing charges on Booth? Apparently, the victim saw it as a silly little high school prank and is willing to let it go. Teachers at Hickman High School noticed the unauthorized change on the day 700 copies of the book were being distributed. Again, they noticed it the day the books were to be distributed as opposed to the day the proofs were shipped out. Teachers spent more than 12 hours putting stickers on the page to correct the name. Principal Tracey Conrad said the "unfortunate incident" was just "the act of one student" and that they are eager to put it behind them. Then why don't you? Was this so big a deal that you had to have a girl arrested for it? Conrad went on to say that cost was the biggest factor and that they didn't know how much it was going to cost to rectify the situation and that it was defacing property.
Okay, I'm sticking to my original thoughts and Principal Conrad should listen to me because I usually know what I'm talking about. Booth might've been the one who changed the name to "masturbate" but there is a high school yearbook staff with an editor, who should have caught this blunder. Defacing property? This is clearly not defacing property because nothing was damaged or defaced. In fact, the whole problem could have been fixed with the few simple key strokes if the editor of the book caught it. I still say that the editor is at fault for this and it shouldn't have taken the teachers the day of the yearbook release to find the error. It should have been found way before this. Personally, I think that the editor saw it there and let it go through thinking it was funny as well and now that they got caught, this girl Booth has to take the fall. Yes, this whole thing is messed up, but it's so damn funny!