Teenagers’ attempt to win radio contest sparks garage mural controversy

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MUNCIE, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2015) -- Two teenagers' ambitious entry into a radio contest drew the ire of neighbors, only to go viral and prompt an overwhelming response.

On Tuesday night after school, the homework Hannah Brewer and Morgan Whitmer are doing may not be quite what their parents had in mind.

"I was like, I have to do this, I really want to meet them," Brewer said.

She's referring to a contest by Radio Now 100.9 in Indianapolis, encouraging entrants to decorate their garage door to win Five Seconds of Summer tickets. Instead of decorating, Brewer asked her mom Carrie Craig if she could spray paint.

"When she asked me, I just assumed she was going to paint because that’s what she does, is paint," Craig said.

What she didn't expect was a nasty note from an anonymous neighbor. The author called the painting trashy.

"In case you haven't noticed, this isn't LA or Chicago or Mexico and it certainly isn't south Muncie," the author said. "There is discussion of starting up a petition, calling the newspaper or retaining a lawyer in case you don't paint over the ghetto painting."

"I started crying. ... I just felt bad because I thought, she’s not going to be allowed to do this," Craig said.

So, she called the Muncie Police herself and that's when the story really took off. An officer confirmed the mural doesn't break any laws and even went so far as to take a photo with a 'thumbs up' in front of the garage door.

Craig sent her own letter to neighbors, explaining what her daughter was doing. In response, she got letters, calls and visits from people who expressed their support for the girls.

"I really didn't think it would get this much attention," Brewer said.

Naturally, the girls said that they're getting past the letter and are focused on winning the contest. They're even hoping their favorite band sees the mural themselves.

As for Craig, she said she's proud to foster her daughter's love of art and the plan all along was to paint over the garage in the end.

"If it’s an example of how to support your children or support the kids in the community, that’s what this is about for us," Craig said.

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