FLINT (WJRT) (10/24/2017) - Tuesday was emotional for families of the five Clio teenagers charged with throwing rocks onto I-75 last week, killing a Mt. Morris man.
They were identified as 17-year-old Kyle Anger and 15-year-old Mark Sekelski, Mikadyn Payne, Alexander Miller and Trevor Gray. Anger was singled out as the suspect that threw the rock that hit White.
The teens all are being charged as adults with one count of second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, six counts apiece of felony malicious destruction of property and two counts apiece of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.
All five appeared in 67th District Court in Flint, where the judge read each of the charges against the boys. All five boys pleaded not guilty without making any other statements about the case.
The incident has shaken other parents, now wondering what their kids are up to when they're not at home. Lecretia Aderhold has been talking about making good decisions with her 17 year old son for years.
"You have to a conversation with your kids, you have to talk to them," she said. "You have to make sure they're making the right decisions."
Aderhold said she just had another heart-to-heart talk after some of son's fellow students at Clio High School were charged in the rock throwing case.
"Who their friends are is very important, because their friends help them make their decisions everyday," she said.
Adlerhold feels for White's family and friends -- and the teens' loved ones -- but she knows there are consequences to one's actions.
"It was their friends that did it," she said. "It's horrible now they are going to have find out the hard way how life is. They have to grow up real fast."
Clio Area Schools Superintendent Fletcher Spears III released a statement on Tuesday expressing condolences for White's family and friends. He pointed out the case is personal for many people who drive that stretch of I-75.
"This is an extremely difficult time for our entire community. Whether we knew Mr. White, those who are being charged and their families, or have driven this same stretch of road countless times, many of us have a personal connection with this senseless tragedy," Spears wrote. "This is a stark reminder that we need to impress upon all of our young people that actions have consequences: and sometimes those consequences can be tragic."
School officials are providing support to staff, students and community members affected by the incident, Spears said.