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Teens arrested for "fence plowing"

Adam Schleichkorn Friday, February 2, 2007 ,
This story was just posted on Newsday.com

Suffolk County police said they have arrested several local teenagers for vandalism involving "fence plowing."

It may or may not be the latest craze in the vein of teenage fun -- right up there with "Cow Tipping," where cows are knocked over, and the more suburban sport of driving through neighborhoods knocking over garbage cans.

It was more than a year ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Adam Schleichkorn, now 25, of Huntington said to one of his cousin's friends who had been a high school football player: "Yo dude, I guarantee if you run full speed you'll go right through that fence. I bet you can do it."

He was, by his own account, "about three beers deep" at the time. He, his cousin and some friends were in the backyard of his cousin's house in Florida where there was a storm damaged fence.

Just like that, apparently, the sport of "Fence Plowing" -- running full speed through fences, knocking them down -- might have been born.

Friday morning Schleichkorn, a grad student at C.W. Post and a videotape editor involved with an indie music production company called "Hidden Track," said he has no idea if his video led to a bunch of Suffolk County teenagers vandalizing fences in Deer Park. His video account of the 'sport' was aired on broadcast reports Friday.

Schleichkorn, who has no involvement in the Deer Park incidents and was not charged, said he doesn't know any of the kids involved. He said he thinks vandalism is wrong. He said he doesn't think his video gave anyone the idea to "fence plow." He said he just taped a moment when his cousin and his cousin's friend plowed down a fence.

That's all.

"There's a fine line between brilliance and idiocy," Schleichkorn said. "I'm about somewhere right on that line . . . But, they're pushing the other side of that line a little. Mimicry might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it sucks they're vandalizing stuff. I'm totally not for that . . . Not at all."

Schleichkorn said his idea was done as a tribute to an MTV series that chronicled -- and spawned -- a whole generation of teenagers doing dumb stunts on video.

"I'm not going to sit here and say I'm an innovator by any means," said Schleichkorn, whose video titled "Fence Plowing" has been on YouTube for more than eight months now.

What annoyed Schleichkorn Friday morning, however, is that anyone might think there is a tie between his video -- and these acts of local vandalism that resulted from fence plowing. He said he has taped many other "skit" kind of videos, including something called "The Cheese Incident," where he wakes sleeping people by placing yellow American cheese on their faces. And, of course, there's the indie music stuff he produces for a local artist named Peter Toh, who Schleichkorn said "is about to blow up . . . He's the next big thing."

As for fence plowing?

"Hey man," he said, "that was just some ... little thing I did one night a while ago with some friends . . . After all I've done, I can't believe this is what people are asking about."
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My video is on TV!

My idiot video, "Fence Plowing" is being played in this story on cbs, fox, and news 12!

(02/01/07) DEER PARK - Suffolk police say the latest extreme sport craze to hit Deer Park's youth is really just vandalism.

Since October, Suffolk police have been after Deer Park teens accused of videotaping themselves "fence plowing." With five arrests of current or former Deer Park High School students made, police say the accused crash into fences head first and post videos of their conquests on Web sites, such as YouTube. Todd Kesselman installed surveillance cameras outside his home after repairing his fence on five occasions, at $200 each.

Due to their juvenile status, police are not releasing the identities of the suspects. They say some face felony criminal mischief charges, while 10 cases remain open in the area.

 
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