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Judge's ruling divides 'big football town'

KENTON, Ohio (AP) -- It was intended to be a prank: steal a decoy deer, place it on a country road and watch as motorists swerved to avoid it. It ended with two teenagers suffering serious injuries when their car hit the decoy and rolled into a ditch.

When a judge ruled this week that two boys -- both high school football players -- can complete the football season before they serve 60-day sentences at a juvenile detention center, it caused a division in this northwest Ohio city.

On one side are those who say allowing a 16-year-old quarterback, and his 17-year-old teammate to play shows that football players get preferential treatment.

On the other are those who say either the boys deserve another chance or that they will stay out of trouble if they're part of the team.

"I've never seen anything that has been so much an issue in the community," said Arch Rodgers, principal of 670-student Kenton High School. "The worst part is this has drug out so long and the longer it drug out, the more it created friction in the community."

whats wrong is lack of taking responceabillity from being stupidSad

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Not fully the judge's option

The final say should be the boy's principal and coach. They have the last/best option to show the integrity of the program. Don't blame the judge just yet but he's certainly given the school an out. BTW, I know this area quite well. It's in the middle of Amish country and you can see the horse hitching posts all over town. Happy

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(NT) (NT) They should serve immediately.
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(NT) (NT) Someone needs to sack that judge

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