Prank turns sour at Plaquemine High School, two young men face charges

Prank turns sour at Plaquemine High School, two young men face charges
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 5:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:12am

Two young men are in trouble with the law over something they thought was a prank. Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies say the two used a pellet gun to shoot a young girl in a drive-by at Plaquemine High School.

“I was in the trainer room and a girl ran in screaming she had got shot," said Plaquemine High School, Kristen Lowe.

“She came running back there hollering she got shot," said fellow student Mikelynn Bourgoyne.

Imagine walking down the street minding your own business, when a car drives by and shoots at you.

It happened to one Plaquemine High School girl Tuesday night after dance practice, she was shot by what Iberville Sheriff’s Office says was a pellet gun.

“A prank that could have turned disastrous," stated Sheriff Brett Stassi.

“We didn't think they did it to harm her in anyway,” noted Bourgoyne.

Daryl Tillman Jr. faces charges after what he thought was a "joke" but that joke could have ended a lot worse.

“When she lifted her shirt up it was kind of bloody so we brought her in the training room and she cleaned it up and patched it," said Bourgoyne.

The girl was taken to the hospital and the young man who actually shot the gun is sitting in a juvenile facility waiting to face a judge.

“As soon as they saw the gun they started running," noted Sheriff Stassi.

To shoot a gun, no matter the kind and on school property, is what Sheriff Brett Stassi says is just plain dumb.

“These kinds of incidents cannot be tolerated on campus,” stated Sheriff Stassi.

With all the acts of violence across the nation, these two young girls say, although it's a little scary,they still feel secure.

“You hear on the news all these bad things happening but Plaquemine High School its really a safe school,” noted Lowe.

Now all they can do is educate the students about how to be smart and warn them to be more aware of their surroundings.

"So unfortunate after all Iberville Parish Schools had such a great start this year," said Sheriff Stassi.

We did call the school for comment but officials there did not return our calls. The Sheriff says the security resource officers are on campus until activities let out at the end of the day. He does plan on encouraging coaches to walk students to the parking lot but admits it's difficult to prevent something like this from happening.

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