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It was just a prank !
Fort Mill Times (SC) ^ | 1/22/10 | olepap

Posted on 04/22/2010 7:45:54 AM PDT by olepap

It was just a prank!

On Thursday, April 1, 2010 ( April Fool’s day) me and my class of fellow students decided to pull a small prank that would not hurt or disrupt anything during class: At 3 p.m., the entire class (or half of the class, as it ended up to be) fell out of their seats at the same time and laid in the floor for a few seconds and then got back in their chairs again.

After we had returned back into our chairs we began reading again. By the time we had all returned to our chairs, our teacher had left the classroom and, what we later found out, had called an administrator. We were all taken down to the ISS (in-school suspension) room where we were then given two days of in-school suspension. When we pulled our prank, it was at the end of the day and the last day before spring break; we were also reading and it was not during a lecture or a test. It was a simple prank where nothing was broken or hurt.

The reason I’m writing this is because I don’t believe that we should be serving two days of ISS for something so small and harmless. We even got back up and continued reading after she walked out of the room. And, yes, we said “April Fools!”

So, do you think we were in the wrong for doing such a simple, harmless prank? Do we deserve the two days of ISS? Maybe 50-to-life would have been more appropriate for rolling on the floor?

I think not. Some people need to lighten up, have a laugh and enjoy life.

Cale Norman

Cantrell Avenue

Fort Mill


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: prank
Harmless prank leads to two days in-school suspension.
Does the punishment fit the crime?
1 posted on 04/22/2010 7:45:54 AM PDT by olepap
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To: olepap

Zero Tolerance policy?


2 posted on 04/22/2010 7:48:07 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: olepap

zero tolerance = zero wisdom needed when doling out punishments...


3 posted on 04/22/2010 7:48:56 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: olepap

I’m on your side...lighten up, people.


4 posted on 04/22/2010 7:49:45 AM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: olepap
On Thursday, April 1, 2010 ( April Fool’s day) me and my class of fellow students decided to pull a small prank that would not hurt or disrupt anything during class:

I hope it wasn't English class. Maybe instead of two days of in-school-suspension, they should serve two days of remedial grammar lessons.

5 posted on 04/22/2010 7:49:49 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: olepap

They’re in a government school. You’ll do as your master says and be happy.


6 posted on 04/22/2010 7:50:51 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: olepap

A “practical joker” deserves applause for his wit according
to its quality.
Bastinado is about right.
For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling.
But staking him out on an anthill should be reserved for
the very wittiest.

LAZARUS LONG


7 posted on 04/22/2010 7:51:33 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: olepap

Yep, harmless prank and overreaction. But don’t do the prank if you’re not willing to walk the plank.


8 posted on 04/22/2010 7:51:43 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: olepap

“So, do you think we were in the wrong for doing such a simple, harmless prank?”

You were wrong for pulling such a lame action. It doesnt even qualify as a prank. Shame on you. Take your punishment like a man and next time put more thought into it.


9 posted on 04/22/2010 7:51:44 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: olepap

Teachers and school administrators have become sadistic nazis with zero accountability.

The mistake of the students was not understanding that these people are actually looking for reasons to harm them.

They should study Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment to understand what such a complete license to abuse without any repercussions has done to their school environment.


10 posted on 04/22/2010 7:52:07 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: olepap

Look PUNK, Your parents do not send you too and the Overtaxed Taxpayers do NOT pay for the schools so you can pull “pranks”. They should have thrown you out of school.


11 posted on 04/22/2010 7:52:35 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: olepap

My class “pranked” a nun who wouldn’t let us take our uniform skirts off to exercise in the shorts we all wore underneath everyday. We simply unbuttoned the skirts and when she walked in for religion class and we stood up for the “Good afternoon, sister”. Our skirts fell to the floor... Her face got all red and she walked out. We were allowed to wear only our shorts for PE class after that. NOBODY got in trouble - we just got lectured about our method.

When a sense of humor is not appreciated, laughter will not be tolerated.


12 posted on 04/22/2010 7:54:04 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: olepap

You’re furtunate to have learned so early and so inexpensively just how up-tight teachers and administrators are now. They have all the humor and tolerance of the TSA airport guys. Maybe a little grimmer and more paranoid, if that’s even possible.

Engage these humorless twits only when absolutely necessary, and be prepared for senseless narrow-mindedness at all times. Never leave anything up to their imagination, because they have very little, and what little they do have is twisted into dark ways.

There is an alternative to simply quitly suffering these idiots. And that’s to take ‘em on and tweak their noses at EVERY opportunity. This will lead you to a noisy, complicated, and eventful life, so be sure you’re up for the battle if you decide to go this way. They will resent being tweaked, and they will seek to get back at you — so be sure the battle is worth the blood. Some are: some aren’t. It all depends on your attitude and strength.


13 posted on 04/22/2010 7:54:57 AM PDT by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: US Navy Vet

Dude, that was insane.

There’s actually droplets of your froth on my monitor.


14 posted on 04/22/2010 7:54:59 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: olepap

Geez, my mother’s class pulled this stunt about 70 years ago. It was no big deal.


15 posted on 04/22/2010 7:57:42 AM PDT by goldi (')
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To: agere_contra

LOL


16 posted on 04/22/2010 7:58:39 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: olepap

Maybe they gave you 2 days ISS because the prank was lame. Come on...if you’re going to get ISS, you want to make sure your prank is legendary.


17 posted on 04/22/2010 7:59:49 AM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: olepap

A really cool teacher would have fallen to the floor and laughed with you all - then maybe snuck in a quick prank of his/her own.


18 posted on 04/22/2010 8:00:11 AM PDT by mommya
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To: olepap
Things have changed a lot since I was in school. A class two years ahead of us took a car apart on the weekend and reassembled it in the school lobby. We came into school on Monday and there was a car in the lobby.

One class put a small car on top of the school smoke stack.

19 posted on 04/22/2010 8:01:08 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: olepap
You should have blamed Bush or better yet Palin, being a government school you would have not only gotten off you would have more than likely been given an ‘A’ for the semester!
20 posted on 04/22/2010 8:01:32 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: RebelTXRose

Wow! Sister James would NOT have been amused in my school! LOL


21 posted on 04/22/2010 8:02:41 AM PDT by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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To: olepap

had something similar happen in jr high...we did a book drop...big big mistake....lol...we paid the price...just no sense of humor...


22 posted on 04/22/2010 8:04:35 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: olepap

23 posted on 04/22/2010 8:13:47 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: olepap

They probably overreacted ... but part of pulling a “prank” is having the stones to take your lumps. Serve your suspension, and move on with your life.

SnakeDoc


24 posted on 04/22/2010 8:14:19 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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To: olepap
I'm a Tech Support guy for a near by High School with a student population of about 2,000. On April 1st, after receiving numerous lame April Fools Jokes from the faculty, I decided to play one of my own and sent the following to all the faculty . Explaining that this was a new error message they would get due to the many cases of self afflicted viruses encountered lately

I received 13 responses, asking " What do I do if I receive this error message" ( Take it from me, teachers aren't as smart as they want you to believe

25 posted on 04/22/2010 8:15:22 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Liberty Valance

26 posted on 04/22/2010 8:18:06 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: olepap

o/~ We don’t need your ed yew kay shun...
We don’t want your thought controwwl
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teacher leave those kids alone...
Hey! Teacher! Leave those kids alone..
(funky guitar riffs)o/~


27 posted on 04/22/2010 8:21:32 AM PDT by Guyin4Os (A messianic ger-tsedek)
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To: olepap

I’d guess a detention or two would be sufficient, but the discipline in our schools is now dictated by lawyers.

Still, 2 days of all-day study hall isn’t exactly the rack.


28 posted on 04/22/2010 8:23:38 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: olepap
Some teachers handle pranks well and others don't. When I was in high school the senior class stole every single blackboard eraser in the school, even those in locked supply cabinets. Some teachers had fits, some just found some cloth and made do. The best response was a government teacher who just continued to write on the blackboard. When he got to the end he wrote over what was there already and made it very clear that we were responsible to know what he wrote even if we couldn't read it and that he chose what the test would focus on. The next morning an eraser from the stash was back in his class.

He was also the one who taught us that the House of Representatives had revoked their minimum height requirement but the Senate still had one when a particularly ditzy student commented how short our Representative was after he talked to the class.

29 posted on 04/22/2010 8:24:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obamacare: The 2010 version of the Intolerable Acts.)
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To: olepap
Good thing they didn't try this.


30 posted on 04/22/2010 8:26:13 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: RebelTXRose

If we had done this to Sr. Benedict in my school, we all probably would have gotten a swat witht he yardstick. She had absolutely no sense of humor.


31 posted on 04/22/2010 8:27:44 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: olepap

When I was a kid, we’d pass a note around saying, “At exactly 1:23, everybody drop your book on the floor.” We’d do it, and it would make a really loud noise. I suppose today, the teacher would have a heart attack and we’d all be in jail for attempted murder.


32 posted on 04/22/2010 8:29:33 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: olepap
. . .that would not hurt or disrupt anything during class

Uh, but you did disrupt class. And yes, I think 2 days ISS is fine. One would probably have been more fair, but suck it up kid. Take it like a man and stop whining.

33 posted on 04/22/2010 8:43:35 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: olepap; Tax-chick; Constitution Day

34 posted on 04/22/2010 8:44:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Talisker
Teachers and school administrators have become sadistic nazis

LOL Just a bit of an overreaction to 2 days ISS for pulling a stupid prank that did disrupt class.

The mistake of the students was not understanding that these people are actually looking for reasons to harm them.

LOL Sure, 2 days ISS is going to scar these kids for life.

Good grief.

35 posted on 04/22/2010 8:45:17 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: mbynack
Later on, they were drafted into the Corps of Engineers.

≤}B^)

36 posted on 04/22/2010 8:49:26 AM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: martin_fierro

Heil Grammatik!

37 posted on 04/22/2010 8:50:49 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Liberty Valance

The Vice Principal was imperfectly amused. He spent hours with alcohol getting the adhesive off.


38 posted on 04/22/2010 8:51:41 AM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: olepap

I would suggest falling out of your chairs in the ISS room just to see whathappens


39 posted on 04/22/2010 8:53:12 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: 9YearLurker
But don’t do the prank if you’re not willing to walk the plank.

I am sooooo stealing that...

40 posted on 04/22/2010 8:57:56 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: listenhillary

Yeah, well I went to a private school and would have received a healthy dose of corporal punishment for such a stunt.


41 posted on 04/22/2010 9:00:12 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: olepap

What was the “crime”? Synchronized Tomfoolery?

I’m SO glad I’m not a teacher.


42 posted on 04/22/2010 9:00:51 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Constitution Day

ooooh, *kife!*


43 posted on 04/22/2010 9:02:04 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro



44 posted on 04/22/2010 9:21:57 AM PDT by highnoon (What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo? Bo has papers. - Jimmy Kimmel)
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To: olepap

If you want to have fun at school, detentions is part of life, get used to it.

I spent so much time in detention the teacher in charge wouldn’t take me anymore so I hung out in the office. It may have had something to do with a little contraption that would light a match and snuff it out when she sat in her chair. She kept smelling smoke, was certain that I was lighting matches but could never see me doing it.

I was in the office so much that they put me to work. I answered the phones, ran to the bank etc. I eventually learned how to disassemble and repair the steno machine. The secretary loved having a man around the house.

My senior year, they finally told me, to go start college, they gave me my deploma and I left. That was the best thing the public school system ever did for me.


45 posted on 04/22/2010 9:32:18 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Liberty Valance
Pretty funny. I had to look it up. Turns out it was the 2004 Harvard-Yale prank:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Harvard-Yale_prank

http://harvardsucks.org/Watch-the-Video/

46 posted on 04/22/2010 9:33:02 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL! This is not far from where I live. I liked the suggestion of two days’ remedial English instruction for the letter-writer.


47 posted on 04/22/2010 9:35:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (There's a perfectly good island somewhere.)
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To: William of Barsoom; olepap
Very well said, and well worth repeating in my opinion:

You’re fortunate to have learned so early and so inexpensively just how up-tight teachers and administrators are now. They have all the humor and tolerance of the TSA airport guys. Maybe a little grimmer and more paranoid, if that’s even possible.

Engage these humorless twits only when absolutely necessary, and be prepared for senseless narrow-mindedness at all times. Never leave anything up to their imagination, because they have very little, and what little they do have is twisted into dark ways.

There is an alternative to simply quitly suffering these idiots. And that’s to take ‘em on and tweak their noses at EVERY opportunity. This will lead you to a noisy, complicated, and eventful life, so be sure you’re up for the battle if you decide to go this way. They will resent being tweaked, and they will seek to get back at you — so be sure the battle is worth the blood. Some are: some aren’t. It all depends on your attitude and strength.

48 posted on 04/22/2010 9:35:53 AM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Tax-chick

What happened to humor in our world?


49 posted on 04/22/2010 9:39:09 AM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: olepap
The reason I’m writing this is because I don’t believe that we should be serving two days of ISS for something so small and harmless...

Before break? That's harsh.

Maybe this will help...think of it as a 'practical joke' being played by the administration.

50 posted on 04/22/2010 12:31:50 PM PDT by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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