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Meridian (Idaho) seniors pull prank, face charges
KTVB.com ^ | 5/8/2012 | Andrea Lutz

Posted on 05/08/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT by Domandred

25 Mountain View High School students face misdemeanor charges for a senior prank they pulled late Sunday night.

One senior said Monday, she and her fellow classmates are being treated unfairly by the district.

“Everyone participates in senior pranks,” said Arica Nitz. “It’s not meant to cause any damage or harm.”

A group of seniors formed a Facebook page sometime ago to decide on this year’s senior prank.

“The plan was to sticky note the hallways, the doors, the windows, the lockers just sticky note everywhere. Just colorful hallways down every hallway,” said Nitz.

The seniors also brought along some zip ties and bound the handles of the lockers.

However, Sunday around midnight, Meridian Police officers were tipped off to the prank and arrived at Mountain View High School to take control of the situation.

“It was just kind of scary,” said Nitz. “We didn't expect it to be so blown out of proportion.”

Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea with the Meridian Police Department said when officers arrived on scene some students fled on foot, others hid inside the school while others were detained inside.

“What started off as your typical senior prank then got a little bit out of hand,” said Basterrechea.

25 students were handed misdemeanor citations for malicious injury to property and unlawful entry of a building.

Officers also found vegetable oil doused over an upstairs hallway.

“When you start damaging people's property you have gone way beyond the limits,” said Basterrechea.

Nitz told KTVB Monday, that was not in the original senior prank plan.

“It got blown out of proportion because we only did the sticky notes and zip ties, the oil that got spilled down the hallways was done by one kid,” she said.

Nitz’s mother Carolyn feels the intention of the students is innocent.

“Being cited for malicious injury to property, I think it’s a little excessive on the school's part,” she said.

However the Meridian School District feels the damage done to the school can’t go unpunished.

Initially the students helped clean up the mess, but district custodians were needed to help clean up the rest. Also, the students were let access to the building from the key of a faculty member.

“There was a statement made that they got it from a staff member now we have to investigate that,” said Eric Exline, a spokesperson for the Meridian School District.

This time of year, all around the Treasure Valley, senior pranks are expected. Seniors at Eagle High School recently covered their hallways with 24,000 cups of water. They filmed it and placed it on YouTube.

Joel Matheson and Joe Adams said it is a tradition of all seniors.

“We were talking about it the whole year, really,” said Matheson.

While they won't reveal how they got inside, Matheson and Adams said they realize a prank can't go too far.

“There is a fine line that you have to make sure you don’t cross. No vandalism,” said Adams.

But Mountain View seniors didn't mean to go too far, either.

“We didn't want any vandalism happening because we didn't want any chances of anything bad happening,” Nitz said.

While they face charges, Nitz said other Meridian district seniors who have also done pranks this year, have not been charged. “It’s just a bummer for everyone, it’s just shocking to us because we had worse senior pranks throughout the Treasure Valley in different high schools that have happened and no charges have been done to them.”

“It's a case by case basis but my advice to kids is don't do anything that is breaking the law,” said Exline.

Meridian School District has not decided if the seniors involved, will be banned from attending other senior activities.

The students could face a maximun punishment of a $1000 fine and possible jail time


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: charges; prank; seniorprank

Apparently senior pranks are now a crime, including the non-destructive, non-harm-inducing ones.

1 posted on 05/08/2012 7:22:26 AM PDT by Domandred
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To: Domandred
“When you start damaging people's property you have gone way beyond the limits,” said Basterrechea.

THEY'RE FRICKIN' STICKY NOTES, YOU IDIOT!

2 posted on 05/08/2012 7:24:31 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Domandred

No levity allowed in the new america! Nein!


3 posted on 05/08/2012 7:25:17 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Domandred

My daughters class dropped 2012 little bouncy balls from the second floor atrium. When the cleaning crew arrived, they were all gone (scarfed up by under classmen).


4 posted on 05/08/2012 7:29:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Domandred
The fool who put oil on the hallway floor deserves suspension, since people could have skipped and hurt themselves.

The rest? Sticky notes on lockers warrants calling out the cops? Are they insane?

5 posted on 05/08/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Domandred

Sticky notes are not “criminal damage.” Please. OTOH, being in the building after midnight, there’s not much they can do about charges of unlawful entry (even if they used a staff member’s key).

If the school and local authorities had any common sense, they’d just sentence the kids to a Saturday of hard cleaning and beautification work around the school campus and be done with it. Talking about criminal charges for sticky notes (and even vegetable oil) is just out of hand.

}:-)4


6 posted on 05/08/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: PapaBear3625

I bet if his La Raza pals did it, he wouldn’t have minded one bit.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 7:32:31 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Domandred

There is so much wrong with this country.

If you want to know about malicious senior pranks, you should have run with my crowd back in ‘63.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 7:36:40 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Domandred

When you cannot administrate - be a PUBLIC SCHOOL administrator.

When you cannot teach - be a PUBLIC SCHOOl teacher.

When you cannot do anything - be a democrat.

Oops, lost the thrust there.......

Getting back to schools, the word is PRIVATE SCHOOL - where the fools aren’t.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:23 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Domandred

There is so much wrong with this country.

If you want to know about malicious senior pranks, you should have run with my crowd back in ‘63.


10 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:45 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Domandred

There is so much wrong with this country.

If you want to know about malicious senior pranks, you should have run with my crowd back in ‘63.


11 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:59 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: x1stcav

At Xavier HS (a Jesuit/military school in NYC) in 1966, a teacher’s Cooper Mini found its way up the steps from the street to the lobby.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 7:41:05 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Domandred

In the early 1940s my dad and some friends tied up a mule in the girl’s bathroom one halloween night. They just wanted to scare the girls the next day. However, the mule got loose and went all over the school letting loose a flood of diarrhea and dragging it around with the rope. School was cancelled the next day and the next day an assembly was called with the mayor, the sheriff and several local preachers. Speeches were made and the students were urged to confess. No one ever did until many years later.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 7:48:58 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Domandred

I guess they should have used spray paint...

This country has gone mad.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 7:50:32 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Domandred

Apparently, Mountain View has too many police officers and too little crime. Perhaps they should reduce the force by 50% and save the school district’s taxpayers a bundle. Then perhaps the 50% that were still employed would tell the busy-bodies who call in non-crimes such as this that this is not a police matter but a school administrator’s problem.


15 posted on 05/08/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: wtc911

HA!!! We did that too (1986). VP had a LeCar and we put it in the hallway outdside the locker rooms and filled it with ballons. It was AWESOME!


17 posted on 05/08/2012 7:59:27 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Under Romney's Governorship, MA. was the birthplace of gay marriage & socialized medicine in America)
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To: wtc911
At Xavier HS (a Jesuit/military school in NYC) in 1966, a teacher’s Cooper Mini found its way up the steps from the street to the lobby.

Every now and then at Gonzaga Univ., a VW Beetle was parked in front of the doors of the Crosby Library.

Regarding the prank in question, if the sticky notes were made from recycled paper, then it's no big deal IMHO. ;^)

18 posted on 05/08/2012 8:02:18 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: PapaBear3625

Not insane,, they just have the intellect that is now a non optional requirement to work for the public schools


19 posted on 05/08/2012 8:08:48 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: wtc911
Concordia Teachers College (Seward, NE) prank from many years ago...

A manure spreader (large farm implement) was brought into the main administrative building and placed in front of the entrance of the chapel.

At the time the college was primarily teachers, church workers, and pre-seminary students!

20 posted on 05/08/2012 8:10:58 AM PDT by rightsmart
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To: Anti-Hillary
We put one of the teacher's VW Beetle on the roof of the gymnasium. I remember he was searching for his car, then looked up. We never got a visit by the police or Sheriff's department.
21 posted on 05/08/2012 8:12:23 AM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: Domandred
Maybe they should have done something like this.

22 posted on 05/08/2012 8:21:02 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Domandred

Rule #1

Don’t get busted!

Rule #2

Don’t give a damn whatever the punishment is for getting busted.


23 posted on 05/08/2012 8:22:21 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Domandred

While the oil by the one kid was stupid and dangerous...the kids could’ve cleaned that up prior to leaving the school.

Otherwise, great prank. The next day the principal could’ve got on the horn, said “Great prank kids, very creative, will go done in the annals of school pranks. I look forward to next year’s prank. Now, next period change...everyone out in the halls collecting sticky-notes. Don’t want to see any by the end of the day.”


24 posted on 05/08/2012 8:32:21 AM PDT by moovova
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To: txrefugee
Apparently, Mountain View has too many police officers ...

I'm thinking a sticky note campaign should be started. Sticky notes should be found EVERYwhere in that town.

25 posted on 05/08/2012 8:37:58 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Night Hides Not
Regarding the prank in question, if the sticky notes were made from recycled paper, then it's no big deal IMHO. ;^)

Back in my college days there were fliers everywhere for some enviro event that was coming up. I made up my own that said "I wonder how many trees died to make these silly fliers"

I noticed mine disappeared but theirs didn't.

26 posted on 05/08/2012 8:48:45 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: moovova

in my HS graduating class of 1958, the boys got together and decided to wear shorts on a particular day. They all put in 50 cents, and said that you would lose it if you chickened out.

The administration found out, and called the “ring leaders” into the office and threatened that if even one kid showed up in shorts, they would not be allowed to go to the prom or graduation. Needless to say, it didn’t happen.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 8:59:27 AM PDT by matchgirl (OMG! Obama Must Go !!!!)
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To: Domandred

It seems like a great senior prank for these cops and school administrators would be a continuing series of rumored and threatened senior pranks. Two or three nights a week patrolling the school to keep erasers from being stolen or obscene words sprayed on the grass with fertilizer (great time delayed prank) would at least keep the cops from running so many speed traps for a while.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 9:08:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Domandred
Meridian (Idaho) seniors pull prank, face charges,

My age is showing! At first I thought this was at a retirement center!

29 posted on 05/08/2012 9:18:51 AM PDT by mulebones
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To: x1stcav

... you just can say that again.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 11:02:30 AM PDT by ChiefJayStrongbow
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