Senior prank closes school 4 days: Any ‘good’ senior pranks?

The Associated Press reports that a high school in southwest Colorado had to close for four days due to a senior prank.

From The Associated Press:

“The Durango Herald reported senior pranksters spread over 30 bales of hay around Durango High School’s common areas. School was canceled again Thursday as cleanup swept and dusted the debris left behind. The cleaning expenses are expected to top $100,000.”

“School officials say hay is one of the worst things you can bring into a building because of the respiratory problems it causes in enclosed spaces. Several employees have sought medical attention after reporting respiratory discomfort.”

“Air quality tests show mold spore counts from the hay were four times higher than recommended levels. Officials are awaiting a second round of test results before deciding whether to resume classes Friday.”

The story didn’t say if and how the seniors were being punished. I am sure they thought hay was something that could easily be picked up. In their minds I am sure that hay was much better than spray painting a school. Who would have thought it would cost $100,000 to clean up? Also I’m sure that an 18-year-old doesn’t think about mold spores that could wreak havoc on their classmates’ lungs.

Did you child’s senior class do a class prank this year? Did you in high school? Are there any that turn out well?

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[...] Senior prank closes school 4 days: Any 'good' senior pranks?Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)The Associated Press reports that a high school in southwest Colorado had to close for four days due to a senior prank. ?The Durango Herald reported senior pranksters spread over 30 bales of hay around Durango High School's common areas. …and more » [...]

Julia

May 23rd, 2011
12:50 am

I hope they were arrested

Max

May 23rd, 2011
1:10 am

prole

May 23rd, 2011
2:45 am

pics or it didn’t happen

djm_NC

May 23rd, 2011
5:50 am

the kids should have had to clean it up. $100,000 ???

Jimmy Carter

May 23rd, 2011
6:44 am

My son’s class put 200 laying hens in the school three days before graduation. That closed the school too. They cleaned up eggs and manure for two days, not to mention trying to catch the birds. It was hilarious but not everyone saw the humor in it.

BOB

May 23rd, 2011
7:07 am

He should be in jail for 10 years and i sort of agree with jimmy carter

MomsRule

May 23rd, 2011
7:15 am

$100,000 to clean it up. That seems like a ridiculous price tag to clean up 30 bales of hay.

$100,000??

May 23rd, 2011
7:27 am

sounds like this cleanup price is the true crime here! I figure the entire senior class with garbage bags, mops, and wipes could knock this out for $10,000. What a ripoff!

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2011
7:27 am

My kids…none that I recall.

In the late 1970’s, we gave a much loved, younger teacher a decorated/signed pair of boxer shorts at a school assembly. He wore them all the time ( you could see them through his very light colored pants) and always proclaimed. “REAL men wear boxers.” to the Senior boys. Most of them wore tighty whities as we did not have the array of underwear we do today and it was a VERY small town. I remember being in charge of the gift and also the presentation , which he did NOT open in front of the entire school. We did not disclose what was in the gift but raved about what a great teacher he was and how he was a REAL MAN role model. You probably had to be there to find it funny. That was a long time ago!

JJ

May 23rd, 2011
7:34 am

Every year, the senior prank in my high school was for all the seniors to take all the papers out of their lockers and drop them down from the Senior Balcony (where the lockers were) onto the Commons area down below. All the Freshmen had to clean it up. It was a tradition that dated back years……

mom2alex&max

May 23rd, 2011
7:44 am

JJ: I can only imagine that if they did that today, some mommy would be in the news irate that her baby darling was humiliated by having to clean up some other people’s messes. People are such prudes today.

Farmer Teacher

May 23rd, 2011
7:45 am

As a high school teacher and cattle farmer…I find this article and the actions by the school in Colorado ridiculous. No reason to close the school. Have the seniors clean up the mess as part of the preparations for graduation like most schools do or they will not receive the tickets necessary to get loved ones into the graduation ceremony. I have moved hay around for a lifetime in enclosed barns, fields, and machinery and find it hilarious that someone closed the school for almost a week like it was a blizzard or some other natural disaster. That is unless they filled the school with bales…that could take some time to undo but a few bales should have lasted no more than a couple of hours. If they have lazy workers hire some immigrants! :)

Moonpie MacGruder

May 23rd, 2011
8:03 am

$100k to clean up hay? Why not get some inmates at the local county B&B to clean it up?

Typical reaction

May 23rd, 2011
8:03 am

“Several employees have sought medical attention after reporting respiratory discomfort.”

Typical reaction from Teachers and gubmint employees. Anything to get out of work for a day or set themselves up for a future workers comp claim.These underachieving simpletons wouldn’t last a day in the real world of private enterprise, but they vote in droves for Democrats.

Wildcat Teach

May 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

One year a class decorated the senior courtyard with various sizes/colors of bras. They also placed a large sign that read: Thank you for your support. :)

$100,000??

May 23rd, 2011
8:16 am

@Typical -

isn’t it disgusting that the legal system allows such spurious claims? No one would try these stunts and make these complaints if the ambulance chasing attorneys were shut down by judges and juries. But if you can win damages or get paid vacations – why not exploit the loophole?

Speaking of loopholes, the GOP/capital owner types vote themselves tax cut after tax cut, only following their outsourcing moves to drive jobs overseas. Anything in the name of profits, right?

everyone has their hand in a different cookie jar it seems, and we are declining because of it. The shared sacrifice will come someday, and it will not be on our terms!

graduatey2k

May 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

Jailed! They should be thanked for a little job security in tough economic times. I say keep up the good work.

dbow

May 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

First of all, you can’t make the kids clean it or anything else up because it would hurt their feelings and the parents would sue. Secondly, it’s obviously the schools fault that the seniors committed this act of eco-terrorism because they weren’t challenging the kids enough. And lastly, how does this tie into the state standards? The school staff needs re-training.

lulu

May 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

100,000?? – Not sure what your response has to do with anything. There was no legal action mentioned.

I admit that I laughed when I read about the prank – but hay *can* cause respiratory problems, and I’d bet that those of you who think that part of it is funny (or that it’s a made-up problem by the employees) would be the first ones to throw a huge fit if you or your precious child couldn’t breathe from being in that school.

@ $100,000 at 8:16

May 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

Yep, it is disgusting that low-life Lawyers are involved in nearly every aspect of our lives. Some do a good job by their legitimate participation in the justice system, but many (if not most) are leeches that keep things stirred up solely for their profit. Sadly, many elected officials are lawyers. That, coupled with intensive lobbying by the Trial Attorneys, is going to prevent any real changes to our legal system. Loser pays would work for me.

Interestingly, I am one of those GOP/capital owner types, but I’d go for a simpler tax system with very, very few loopholes in a heartbeat. I’d just like to see everyone have some skin in the game by paying some amount of tax. With over half of the country not paying any income tax, no wonder spending is running wild. Politicians have figured out that if they spend money, they get the votes.

80's baby

May 23rd, 2011
9:19 am

school used to be so much fun…if i’d have to go to school now i’d be depressed. it’s not that deep and the school should’ve expected something to go down. folks to get a life, get laid or do something. this not a big deal at all!!!!

Jenn

May 23rd, 2011
9:25 am

Senoirs in my class of 1983 stole a Shoney’s Big Boy Statue and put it on top of the school.

Speaking of respiratory problems...

May 23rd, 2011
9:36 am

…funny how none of the pranksters have come down with any problems…

And, speaking of pranks (and I hope the statute of limitations has expired) back in 1971 I was the one who painted the 85 foot high water tower with the “Class of ‘71″ logo (I will leave out the city and state, just in case…).

Ava

May 23rd, 2011
9:54 am

I can understand that people are allergic to hay. I can understand that mold spores are not a good thing. But for the people advocating jail time for these kids…Were you ever an 18-year-old-kid? Have you forgotten how they think? Or maybe you’ve just never been around kids? The price-tag is stupid too. Get some “volunteers” from the senior class in some masks that you can pick up at your local hardware store for dealing with this kind of stuff to sweep it up. Open some windows and turn on a few fans and air out the school. Of course if you have a note from your DOCTOR (NOT MOMMY AND DADDY) that you have respiratory problems, you should get a get out of work free card. As for my senior prank, we started in September, we spread a rumor with the freshmen that there was a pool on top of the Administrative Building that only seniors and staff got to use. I found it super funny that my niece, now a freshman at the same school, heard and believed that same rumor 10 years later.

Another Gem

May 23rd, 2011
10:13 am

Wow…..Just wow!

Sylvania

May 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

Yeah, everyone hates ambulance chasing attorneys until they need one after some idiot runs a stop sign and hits them, putting them in the hospital for 8 weeks.

HB

May 23rd, 2011
10:38 am

I’m one of those people for whom this would likely cause significant respiratory problems, but I do hope these kids don’t get in too much trouble (arrest them? really?). Schools I went to were vandalized by seniors more than once, and their intent was to do real damage — spray paint, holes in walls, wiring pulled out, etc. That’s a “prank” worthy of arrest. I think these kids honestly meant to pull a harmless prank, though, and didn’t realize how much damage it would cause. They should absolutely work 16-hour days to do as much of the clean-up as doesn’t require professionals, be suspended if there are any school days left, and not be allowed to walk with their class at graduation, but they shouldn’t be charged with a crime.

TinaTeach

May 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

Walked into our school today to see our senior prank. TPed trees and egging isn’t a big deal. But they also destroyed 6 vending machines, pulled the sercurity system out of the wall, trashed the front office and counseling offices. They desicrated the field where graduation is supposed to take place this Friday as well. They broke into the feild house, removed four tractor tires and put them in the commons area amongst all the broken glass. It all looks horrible.

Sylvania...

May 23rd, 2011
10:59 am

…you, obviously, do not know the difference between the need for REAL attys (as in your scenario)and “ambulance chasing ” attys – stop watching so much daytime television where “one call does it all”…

Warrior Woman

May 23rd, 2011
11:00 am

We put a VW Beetle on the roof of the school and stacked tires around the flagpole so that it was completely covered.

Spacey

May 23rd, 2011
11:03 am

@TinaTeach… Where are you a teacher?

The Seniors at my high school used to steal all the realtor signs and place them on the large front lawn at the school. It was a great sight! Eventually some of the local realtors grew tired of looking for their signs. They treatened to have the offenders arrested for theft. The tradition stopped. I’m not sure what they do now. Maybe just roll the trees with toilet paper??

jarvis

May 23rd, 2011
11:08 am

We stole the giant inflattable Chuck E. Cheese off of the top of the Jimmy Carter location, and hung it from the gym roof.

You don’t think about things like the fact that it was grand larceny at the time. In retrospect, that rat was probably worth several thousand dollars. We could have gotten is some serious trouble.

1993 was a long time ago. Wheewwww…..glad the statute of limitations is past on that one.

@ Sylvania... 10:59

May 23rd, 2011
11:23 am

I second that notion. Real Attorneys are VERY different than the scumbag trial Attorneys that gin up cases for their 40% cut of awards given (usually) to the uneducated and unskilled who need it the most.

abc

May 23rd, 2011
11:28 am

These don’t sound like ‘pranks’, they sound like crimes, namely theft and vandalism. Why characterize it as something pseudo-acceptable?

Way back when I graduated, we didn’t pull any pranks or commit crimes against the school and others. We just tossed our flat hats in the air and moved on. I don’t really get why the so-called pranks seem to be de rigueur.

jarvis

May 23rd, 2011
11:39 am

abc, you bore me to tears.

catlady

May 23rd, 2011
12:01 pm

No senior prank at my school, either. However, during one school day our finest senior boys sneaked in and taped a picture of a naked lady to the inside of a certain shy bachelor teacher’s screen. He pulled it down, heard the gasp from the class, and in one fell swoop pulled it back up again in a nanosecond! The whole school heard how red his face was. These same boys, sophomore year, brought a transistor radio to Algebra 2 class. The teacher, a woman about 90 years old, kept adjusting her hearing aid as they turned it up and down.

“Special” things like that were done to the favorite teachers in the school. But destructive? Nah. Our parents would have killed us.

TinaTeach

May 23rd, 2011
12:08 pm

Spacey- I teach in Rockdale County. You may see it on the news tonight. Apparently Fox5 was here earlier.

abc

May 23rd, 2011
12:13 pm

What’s so entertaining about theft and vandalism, jarvis? And then, no real consequences? It sounds more like a crowd looting dynamic than anything else, specific to 18 year old teenagers.

Seriously?

May 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

@ Tinateach……What is desicrated ?

Really? A teacher?

Ajaylove

May 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

LOL @ Seriously. Not to clown on folks spelling, but that was pretty bad.

Another Gem

May 23rd, 2011
2:10 pm

What are the odds Tinateach returns?

TinaTeach

May 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

Hi! Yup, my spelling sucked on that one! I’ll be the first to say it. It happens. Good thing I don’t teach English class huh?

TinaTeach

May 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

Oh and now that I’ve looked up the word. Pardon me for being off by ONE LETTER,

Tad Jackson

May 23rd, 2011
4:28 pm

Woodward Academy class of 1979. We let out a whole bunch of crickets in the library. We were such raisers of hell. Then we wore our school blazers inside out for the day. Like I said.

http://www.adixiediary.com

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2011
4:34 pm

@ Tina, when I started to work on my Masters and was taking an English class, I was in WAY over my head. The other students in there were also teachers but of MS and HS. I had 5 years experience in
Kindergarten and had completely forgotten how to diagram sentences. Not sure I had ever learned.
It was very embarrassing and a tough semester for me. I am persnickety about spelling and usually add an sp? if I do not know how to spell a word but that is just me!

Independent

May 23rd, 2011
5:47 pm

Just don’t tell the farmers that hay is such a health hazard. They are lucky to be alive! Plus, the students are lucky they didn’t die while spreading the hay!

motherjanegoose

May 23rd, 2011
6:15 pm

Oh yeah…independent….I bucked bales of hay for years, while on the farm. I had no brothers.
I can still manage my 50 pound suitcases while traveling but my back is 51 now and the pain can be seering :0.

HB

May 23rd, 2011
8:21 pm

Independent

May 23rd, 2011
8:56 pm

I learn something new every day. I just called a company to clean out my barn for $100,000.