Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Teaneck students rail against media in wake of senior prank arrests
NJ.com ^ | May 7, 2014

Posted on 05/08/2014 2:38:39 AM PDT by SMGFan

TEANECK — A brief student rally held on the front lawn of Teaneck High School Wednesday afternoon aimed to show that the high school wasn't defined by a senior prank that resulted in the arrest of 63 students last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS:
In what communities are senior pranks a thing?
1 posted on 05/08/2014 2:38:39 AM PDT by SMGFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Liberals love to imprison children.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 2:46:33 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

“This year it got out of hand, most likely, because a burglary alarm went off in the school, he said.”

Yeah, the racist burglar alarm caused it.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 2:50:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Little hoodlem animals. Breaking in and vandalizing city property. Just a kids will be kids thing? BS. Throw the book at them.


4 posted on 05/08/2014 2:51:42 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Doesn’t seem like prank I’d risk getting arrested in order to pull. Talk about stupid.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 2:52:03 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

My senior pranks was painting the rock in front of our rival our colors. Of course, they did the same to us.


6 posted on 05/08/2014 3:15:37 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Where I grew up it was common. Harmless though, caused no material or physical damage.


7 posted on 05/08/2014 3:17:45 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Yeah...B&E are always an innocent prank...

Taping Hotdogs to lockers....WTH

Could that considered a homophobic attack...?


8 posted on 05/08/2014 3:24:24 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Even if the damage was minor the cost of cleanup might be high. Silly String on the floors and Vaseline on door knobs, the immature spoiled brats who did it should have been made to clean up the mess.


9 posted on 05/08/2014 3:27:05 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Popman

Depends on what kind of hot dogs they were. If beef, then homophobia was surely a factor. If pork...


10 posted on 05/08/2014 3:27:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: R. Scott
...the immature spoiled brats who did it should have been made to clean up the mess.

In a sane world, that would be appropriate. In our world, the janitor unions would never allow that to happen.

11 posted on 05/08/2014 3:29:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

-—If beef, then homophobia was surely a factor. If pork...——

If it was all beef Herbrew National.... it could be a hate crime as well if taped to a muzzie kids locker...


12 posted on 05/08/2014 3:35:03 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: PghBaldy

That’s the difference. Youthful pranks back then involved doing harmless stuff. Today, it cannot be considered worth doing unless it involves burning the school to the ground.


13 posted on 05/08/2014 3:37:13 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan
MIT...but that is a different level of prank.
14 posted on 05/08/2014 4:09:26 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan
Last year we had one of the seniors pour baby oil all over the stairways leading to the second floor. Someone slipped going down the stairs and was knocked unconscious by the fall. Needless to say, the students who did it were found and arrested.

Senior pranks turn destructive in environments where many low-end people live. This town is very much an economically poor community (for the obvious reasons) which votes dumbasscrat religiously, so no surprise here.

15 posted on 05/08/2014 4:31:44 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Discarded fetuses for power? Hitler may have lost the battle, but he won the war.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

Nope, they’d want the overtime.


16 posted on 05/08/2014 4:37:02 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Popman; Fresh Wind
If beef, then homophobia was surely a factor. If pork ...
If it was all beef Herbrew National.... it could be a hate crime as well

It would undoubtedly be racist if ...
17 posted on 05/08/2014 5:31:32 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan

Here’s a bright statement...

“Cops did not catch criminals and convicts,” he said. “They caught kids and young adults.”

Thank goodness there are no kids/young adults out there that are criminals.


18 posted on 05/08/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT by moovova
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMGFan
In what communities are senior pranks a thing?

Pretty much everywhere.

19 posted on 05/08/2014 5:45:10 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PghBaldy

The year before us, they burned a huge 1983 into the grass on the hill where we had to walk up to class. We decided a heavy dose of fertilizer would be more cool, and it was.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 5:47:03 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Fresh Wind

The rest of the article:

The message, however, was reserved for a select audience. A school employee guarding an entrance said that only current students, alumni, school board members and current school employees were permitted on school property. Media organizations were forced to watch on from behind a fence surrounding the football field.

The rally was organized by Teaneck Comes Together Inc., a community non-profit that hosts events for teens and their parents. The rally aimed to dispel the negative publicity drummed up by the senior prank by giving teens the opportunity to “highlight the real Teaneck,” said Javalda Powell, one of the rally’s organizers.

The rally’s other organizer, Renee Forte-Clarke, said that the school didn’t allow media members into the event due to concern over pictures of students being taken without parental permission. She said that other members of the community were encouraged to attend. Superintendent Barbara Pinsak personally removed a reporter from school grounds, telling the reporter that Teaneck High School “had a closed campus.”

During the rally, current and former students railed media reports for harping on the senior prank without considering that the seniors involved in the prank represented only a portion of the school community.

Standing in front of an audience seated on the stone steps overlooking the school’s football field, junior Tristan Anderson called the prank “an innocent event gone awry.”

“Cops did not catch criminals and convicts,” he said. “They caught kids and young adults.”

He said that the incident shouldn’t outweigh the accomplishments of the school.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at the school on May 1 and found that students had vandalized the building. When police arrived, some students fled the school, while others hid inside. School officials said that damage was minor and that media reports exaggerated the incident. Police said that teens had urinated in the hallways, sprayed silly string on the school floors, smeared Vaseline on doorknobs, overturned desks and taped hotdogs to lockers.

More than 60 students were arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection to the prank. It’s not yet clear whether the charges will be handled at the county or municipal level. Police issued a statement last week saying the evidence will support the charges.

Many students who attended the rally echoed what school officials have said about the extremity of the prank. Two seniors who said they participated in the prank, but didn’t want to provide their names to NJ.com, said that no one urinated in the hallways and that police had exaggerated the damage to the building. Pinsak said that no permanent damage had been done to the school and that the district custodial supervisor found no indication of pee in the school’s hallways. The superintendent has refused to comment on the prank beyond issuing statements.

After the rally, Principal Dennis Heck refused to comment on how students managed to break into the school the night of the prank.

Damien Betances, a history teacher and cross country coach at the school, said that the rally was an opportunity for members of the high school community to defend the school against “false reports” and to show their support for one another. He recalled his own experience as a student at Teaneck High School, where he was embraced as a transfer student his sophomore year.

He said that the high school is often treated unfairly, that people have misconceptions about the school, such as that it isn’t a safe place, an idea he called ridiculous.

“I find myself every year dispelling what Teaneck is,” he said. “This is home. [The rally] brought us together, but it’s not like we were ever apart.”

He noted that in a few days, Teaneck High School will be commemorating its decision 50 years ago to desegregate, the first community in the U.S. with a white majority to do so voluntarily. He said that the prank shouldn’t overshadow the good aspects of the school.

Students said the rally was a step in the right direction.

“It definitely shows the better side of Teaneck High School,” said Megan Skulnik, an 11th grade student at the high school.

“We just wanted to let everyone know that we are a great people,” said Sydney DeVore, a 10th grade student.

Some students said that the prank continues to dominate student discussion. Sohel Ali, a senior, said that a senior prank happens every year. This year it got out of hand, most likely, because a burglary alarm went off in the school, he said.

“It was exaggerated. Nothing was broken,” he said. He added that he didn’t participate in the prank. “It was too early. Too much work.”


21 posted on 05/08/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson