So, this is the headline today: At least 60 New Jersey students arrested for trashing school, peeing in hallways in elaborate senior prank
As grossed out as I am, I’m really not all that surprised about the prank – what I am surprised about is the fact that they’re getting ARRESTED.
According to NY Daily news, the students allegedly broke into broke into the school, “flipped desks, peed in the hallways, slicked doorknobs with grease and left balloons throughout the building, police said.”
My school’s senior pranks were outrageous – maybe even more-so.
Every year, rising seniors went off to a cabin in the middle of nowhere for “Senior Camp” and everyone knew about the “war” between the boys and the girls. My class started preparing for it junior year. One of the jocks, Richard, put a gallon of milk in his garage six months before he knew camp was going to happen. I emptied two mega-expired cans of cream of mushroom soup into a ziplock storage bag. It was nuts.
There were totally water bottles of pee being thrown amongst the boys. I threw my mushroom soup onto one of the boys and he threw up instantly, and of course, the aged milk carton was dumped on my head.
Yes, disgusting, but man – good times. Our class ruined it for all future seniors. Pretty sure it was when a guy (my first boyfriend actually) dumped pee on his ex-girlfriends new boyfriend – and then a fist fight broke out.
My sister is 8 years younger than me and went to the same school, so by the time she made it to senior camp, shaving cream was the only approved weapon for the war, but her class got plenty of pranks in during the year.
“The boys put dead fish in the vents. It was disgusting. We had Senior-sit-ins where the seniors would sit in the hallway and block the halls and refuse to go to class. We would, like, run through the halls, all around the school…we called it Senior-Stampede. We’d put all the desks in the teachers’ offices and tape them together. We filled the hallways with something one time…I think it was, like, styrofoam. We laced the hallways with string so no-one could get by,” says Baby Sister.
We look back on these times as some of the best. Disgusting? Unsanitary? Of course. But should we have been arrested? Come on!
I’m a parent now. I have a little daughter and yes, being surrounded in urine while at school is horrible. The kids should definitely get in trouble. Big trouble! They should be suspended, fined, expelled, whatever. Pay for damages – yes! But arrested? There are too many actual criminals out there. Prisons are too full. Seniors who pee in the hallway are not criminals! They’re just dumb, normal seniors.
This place was filled with balloons! I mean…really.
My sister is a psychology student. She just learned in sociology class, that when a criminal is arrested or charged with something, if they’re sent to jail, they’re more likely to commit crimes when they get out of jail, because they’ve already been stigmatized. Even if they don’t go to jail, it’s on their record. People live up to their labels.
I’m totally not for letting things slide. I’m kind of the opposite. I’m a rule-follower – big time. I was THE goody-two-shoes in high school. During the senior food fight, I didn’t throw my plate. So, I’m not a young punk who thinks these kids should get off the hook. I just think the punishment should fit the crime. Had their prank hurt someone, then yes – amp up the punishment. But, senior pranks happen everywhere.
I just think the punishment should fit the crime.
What was your senior prank? Do you think arresting these guys was an overreaction or was it well deserved?