- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) - Two Washington state teenagers who faced felony charges after releasing a synthetic flatulence spray in a high school will have clean records if they stay out of trouble for one year.

The Lewiston Tribune newspaper reports (http://goo.gl/vh9lQY ) that Asotin County prosecutors charged the boys, 15 and 16, with second-degree assault after they sprayed the product in Clarkston High School on March 3. The spray triggered breathing problems for another student, who was treated at an emergency room.

Under a deal approved by a judge this week, the charges were reduced to fourth-degree assault, and the teens agreed to split the victim’s $374 hospital bill and write letters of apology. The charges will be dismissed if the teens complete a year of community supervision and perform 20 hours of community service.

“It was just a prank that ended up being a strike-offense felony, at least for a little while,” said Vic Bottomly, an attorney for one of the boys. “My client and the victim, so-called, are good friends. It was pretty much just the adults running around like chickens with their heads cut off.”

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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