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5 Texas Teens Face Charges After Reportedly Confessing to Spray-Painting ‘Whites Only’ Over School Drinking Fountain

Five students at Arlington High School in Texas are facing a felony charge after allegedly spray-painting racist and transphobic messages on the outside of a rival high school.
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Five students at Arlington High School in Texas are facing a felony charge after allegedly spray-painting racist and transphobic messages on the outside of a rival high school.
CBS DFW screenshot

A group of Arlington, Texas, teens are facing a felony offense after allegedly tagging racist graffiti on the exterior of a rival school, CBS DFW reports.

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The graffiti has been classified by some as school-rival retribution, but some are classifying it as an act of hate. All five teens face a year in jail if convicted of charges. Bond for each teen has been set at $2,500.

The five teens—Ryan Westbrook, 17; Ethan Sigmond, 18; Christian Joeckel, 18; Hayden Honolka, 17; and Cameron Bodenstab, 18, all students at Arlington High School—are accused of spray-painting "Whites Only" over a drinking fountain at rival school Martin High and also spray-painting "Trans Only" near a bathroom at the school.

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Image showing one of the controversial spray painted messages that five Arlington High School students are accused of leaving on a rival high school
One of the controversial spray-painted messages that five Arlington High School students are accused of leaving at a rival Texas high school (CBS DFW screenshot)

Police say that the teens confessed to the deed.

"They were pretty remorseful. I don't think they gave a lot of thought to the ramifications, unfortunately, you're held accountable for, and there's consequences when you engage in this sort of behavior," Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook said.

Read more at CBS DFW

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