Monroe Central Seniors Held From Graduation Over Prank (VIDEO)

By WTHR
By Emma Koch

June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM EST

PARKER CITY Ind. (www.nbc33.com) -- Eight seniors at Monroe Central High School won't walk at Sunday's commencement for a prank they pulled this weekend.

The superintendent says the seniors were warned by the principal not to perform a prank, but they reportedly broke in early Sunday morning and spread toilet paper throughout the halls, tied lockers together, scattered plastic water bottles and wrote on windows with markers. The students also covered security cameras with post-it notes and put more notes on walls throughout the school.

One of the seniors also defecated in a sink in a bathroom.

A couple of the seniors posted pictures of the group masked in a school bathroom to social media. The whole incident was also recorded on video.

"We've got to get to the other end of the sophomore hallway," one of the students said in the video.

"Seemed like a good idea at the time," said Vance Butler, one of the students behind the prank.

"There was nothing at all damaged. We made sure of that. We used everything that could be easily thrown away or wiped off," said Misty Smith, another one of the seniors.

The students who took part were suspended from school on Monday and given a specific time Wednesday to complete final exams. School administrators received information about further incidents taking place around Sunday's graduation ceremonies. The decision was then made to hold the eight seniors out of commencement ceremonies.

"Some was disgusting, some was disruptive. It is not tolerable anytime to break into a building without permission," said Superintendent Reece Mann.

Mann says after the principal discovered the mess Sunday evening, three janitors were called into clean up the school before final exams on Monday. Each of the eight students were fined $70 to cover the cost of the clean-up.

The students say the punishment was not consistent with previous instances. They say a prank pulled at the school last year by a group of students only resulted in suspension.

"Walking across the stage is not much of a punishment. We want to walk, but it is more a punishment to our parents," Butler said.

Instead, the eight seniors will pick up their diplomas on Monday.

A decision on whether to press criminal charges has not been made at this time.




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