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More than 60 students were arrested at Teaneck High School Thursday after police said they broke into the school for a senior class prank, greased doorknobs with Vaseline and urinated in the hallways.
...“We blew up balloons, moved desks around, and stringed up lockers together, and next thing you know police are everywhere,” students Bryan Cruz and John Luis told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown.
When officers arrived, they also found desks and chairs flipped over, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floor and hot dogs taped to lockers, police said.
“Numerous desks, chairs were dragged out into the hallways, you couldn’t make it through some of the hallways,” said Acting Police Chief Robert Carney. “The urine all over the hallways, the grease that was applied to the doors, there was a large amount of it.”
...Police said students told officers it was all a senior prank, which they said is an annual tradition at the high school.
“I know he thought it was fun and games, but it’s real life,” Carlos Garrison, a parent of one of the students, told CBS 2′s Weijia Jiang. “It’s not fun and games.”
Another parent told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones she hopes the school also takes action. “It’s just totally disrespectful. And the ones that did it, the seniors, they probably shouldn’t be able to graduate,” she said.
But some parents said the prank wasn’t that bad.
“It’s a yearly prank that’s done,” said parent Pat D’onofrio. “The police should not have arrested these kids.”
Police said the damage was widespread but not permanent. The school opened in time for the morning bell Thursday.
originally posted by: nugget1
'Pranks" need to take into account how they affect others, and if they present any danger to others and property.
Urine on the floors; grease on the walls...that goes beyond humor and becomes vandalism.
At there age level, if they don't understand that vandalism costs money, is illegal and has consequences, then they need to learn the hard way. And mom and dad get an "F" in parenting.
originally posted by: thisguyrighthere
Tying lockers together, moving desks, vasaline on the door knobs. Those are pranks.
Breaking in and urinating on the floor are vandalism.
originally posted by: LadyJae
I do think urinating in the halls was beyond nasty
Oh I completely agree, not even I would have done that back in the day. For that, my school would have suspended or expelled the students involved.
Calling the police, though, is a whole new level that was never dreamed about in my day.
P.S. I'm only 35, I'm not talking half a century ago or anything
The security alarm inside the school tipped off police, and authorities watched the destruction happening on surveillance video, CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported.
“They told us they checked several cameras in the station — yeah we never knew that,” Cruz and Luis said.
originally posted by: lightedhype
Anyways, I thought this was commonplace everywhere in America for like decades now???