‘Prank’ Leads To Criminal Charges; Nearly Half Of Seniors To Miss Graduation
Nearly half of the Senior class at Osceola High School in Osceola, Arkansas, will not be allowed to walk at their graduation due to a destructive senior prank. In addition, some of the students involved are facing criminal charges. “There was a lot of stuff on the floor,” said student Jamieon Anderson. “It was a little spray paint, but it wasn’t much.” Administrators didn’t see it that way.
The prank involved, entering the school on a Sunday and dumping trash and water all over. Other people pulled out spray cans and started defacing property. One student admitted to peeing in a classroom. There are also rumors going around that things got as bad as letting crickets free and someone using the bathroom on the floor. In a class of 80, 37 of the students will be suspended for five days and not allowed to attend graduation, including some honor students and star athletes.
The Senior class, including those who weren’t involved, are sticking together, saying the damage wasn’t that bad, and the whole class deserves to walk. “It wasn’t nothing you couldn’t fix. It wasn’t like we went to school and just broke everything,” said Anderson. Some students who weren’t involved are thinking about holding a protest and not showing up to graduation, unless everyone is allowed to attend.
Parents of the students seem to be split on the consequences their children face. One parent, who was questioned, understands the administration’s choice. “They did it. They have to suffer the consequences for that,” said parent, Sherrie Gaven. Others see it differently. “They deserve a second chance to walk across that stage,” said another parent, Mary James. Whatever the final decision is, we’re sure these students regret their actions.