Mom says teen's graffiti arrest went too far

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A mother says her son shouldn

Sage Leal

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KRIS) - A mother says her son shouldn't have spent the night in jail for leaving graffiti on a bathroom wall this week.

"I was told that he was in jail for criminal mischief and it was a felony," Darla Robb said. 17-year-old Sage Leal made it to school at King High School Thursday morning, but he never made it home.

A Corpus Christi ISD police officer arrested Sage on the accusation that he wrote his band's name, 'Abstract and Alive,' on a bathroom wall.

She understands that's wrong, but says not all graffiti is the same.

She says if the school would have just called her, she would have taken action.

But CCISD'S Police Department says they can't spent time determining what graffiti is good and what's not allowed. Instead, they have a zero tolerance policy.

They've investigated 72 cases this year. Only the taggers caught red handed are arrested.

As for Sage, this may end up being a lesson learned the hard way. Robb says he wanted to join the Air Force or attend college after his expected graduation in 2015. But she's not sure he'll be allowed back into King High School because of his arrest.

CCISD Police Chief Kirby Warnke says tagging a school, even the classroom desk, is a state jail felony.

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