Senior Prank Leads to 21 Arrests in Lockland
See the article above. This school is in my area and I just found out about this.
Information is still coming out about this, but unless the story changes a lot, I think the police are taking things too far, and that this whole
situation could be handled a little differently.
What do you all think?
About 1/4 of the Lockland High School, senior class was arrested Thursday night for what is being called felony breaking and entering. Lockland High
School is located right outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The seniors involved had planned to place books from the school library in the hallways as a senior prank. Other senior classes at the school had
done similar stunts, such as moving desks around in the school and "decorating" the school gym with toilet paper.
The difference between these past pranks, and this current attempted prank?
Past pranks were accomplished with the help of teachers who let the kids into the school early. This prank involved a large group of at least 21
people, maybe more. A group whose large numbers could not have been hidden. This would have been both white and black kids. They were dressed in
black and several had their faces covered. As I understand it, the kids had a key they were using or going to use to enter the school.
This is a very small school, in a very small community where a lot of the people know each other. The school has a pretty even mix of black and white
students, some of whom are very low income. For the most part the students get along pretty good with each other, and there is not really any crime
or violence taking place in the school in an ongoing fashion. The area is not really an area with a lot of crime, although another area close by is.
The police station is right down the street from the school. As I said, a lot of the people know each other and the police are probably pretty
familiar with any kids that are routine troublemakers if any are.
I personally know some of these kids myself, and I would say they are good kids that do not cause trouble. A lot of these kids are involved in
several different sports, band, and community service projects, such as volunteering to help out with the Special Olympics the community hosted just
I would say they had no idea that this would ever be a problem when they were planning to do this. It probably didn't even cross their minds that
this might not be a good idea, because a lot of these kids have parents that are very involved in the school, and a lot of the kids think of the
school as kind of like a second home, in a way. I think the fact that they had a key (although I have no idea where they got it) probably made them
think no one would take what they were planning to do the wrong way.
The prank went terribly wrong, and what should have been a light hearted laugh with the seniors putting all the books back the next day, has turned
into a terrible disaster which could change these kids lives forever.
When I heard about this I thought about the fact that kids don't always think of the worst case scenario in a situation like this. Maybe they used
poor judgment, but should their lives possibly be ruined, when really, no harm was done?
I really think the whole situation has been taken too far. Can't the adults in charge think back to their own teenage days and cut these kids some
slack, especially now that the situation has been explained a little?
Do you guys think the situation was handled in the right way?
Please let me know your thoughts on this. Was the initial response the right one? What do you think should have been done, or what would you have
I'm going to be busy for a little while but will check back when I can.
Thanks, and God bless.
[edit on 14-5-2010 by sezsue]