Teen Shot by Neighbor While TPing Principal's Yard
Dale Bryant Farris now facing charges
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
Updated Nov 3, 2013 7:43 AM CST
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(Newser) – A bunch of Tennessee teenagers were busily TPing their principal's house when a 15-year-old boy among them got shot—and it wasn't even the principal who pulled the trigger. Police say a neighbor, 65-year-old Dale Bryant Farris, fired at least two shots from his 20-gauge shotgun during the Oct. 20 incident. The teen is recovering, and Farris is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. He's been released on a $125,000 bond. "The problem is they were not on his [Farris'] property and they were not doing anything to his property," says a sheriff's spokesman.

"It was just a random thing," he adds, and the teens and Farris did not appear to know one another. Farris came outside after his wife told him she saw the teens running across a nearby field, the Manchester Times reports. The teen was hit with pellets in his foot, knee, palm, thigh, and torso. "He got peppered pretty good," the spokesman says. Police who responded found Farris sitting on his porch and the teen in the back of a truck; he insisted he wasn't bleeding and would have his parents deal with his wounds. The principal did not press charges against the teens.

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Nov 4, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Old fart (act his age not IQ)should be jailed......... The principal needed a little old school special attenion..............Old fart should have used lite load rock salt. WANT TO PLAY YA GOT TO PAY............... LOL GAVE THE KIDS A REALITY CHECK
Nov 3, 2013 11:27 PM CST
I back the second amendment and all, but all these recent crazed shootings are kinda getting out of hand. People need to calm down and think before pulling the trigger.
Nov 3, 2013 9:07 PM CST
My paperboy missed my driveway with my newspaper one morning, but I let him off with a warning shot over the head.