A yearbook prank felony charge faces a 17-year-old girl from Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo. after she changed the last name of a classmate. A May 31 report states that Kaitlyn Booth faces first-degree property damage, a felony, and harassment.
The change of Mastain’s name to “Masturbate” was done after teachers and staff had approved the yearbook for publication. Tracey Conrad — Hickman’s principal — said a resource officer caught the altercation of Mastain’s name and reported it to police. Booth was arrested May 14.
“The yearbook staff worked diligently to retrieve the ones that had been handed out and to put the stickers over the pages of the yearbooks that were yet to be handed out,” Conrad said.
There were 720 yearbooks that had to be corrected after the prank. It took 12 hours to undo what Booth did, but they saved $40,000 it would have cost to reprint the books.
Mastain handled the whole yearbook prank rather well, considering she was the one who was targeted.
She said of the yearbook prank felony charge against Booth:
“I was kind of annoyed. It was stupid, but I wasn’t that upset … I understand the legality … but I was definitely pretty shocked … When you’re in high school, you do stuff that is not necessarily the smartest, and this was an example of that. What she did wasn’t right, but I don’t think it should affect her for the rest of her life.”
The yearbook prank felony should serve as an example that it’s not cool for students to attack others at school or anywhere — even by altering their last name.
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