Teens Arrested in Squirt Gun Attack
Nov. 21, 2001 | HOUMA, La. (AP) --
Three teen-agers charged with terrorizing bingo players with squirt guns
have struck a plea bargain requiring them to write an essay titled "Why I'm
Proud to Be an American."
Under the deal, the terrorizing charges were dropped and the three 18-year-
olds pleaded guilty Tuesday to simple battery.
Each must write a 3,500-word essay, perform 48 hours of community service,
speak to an eighth-grade class about their experiences in jail and write a
letter of apology to the bingo players.
Chad Leblanc, Woodrow Straley and Clint Walker burst into a bingo hall on
Oct. 15 and sprayed 10 players with large squirt guns.
Police said the teen-agers created "a near panic" among 175 players who
feared the prank was connected to the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks or