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Senior Pranks Cost Brentwood High School Students Their Graduation
KCBS-5 San Francisco ^ | 6/5/12 | Dave Padilla

Posted on 06/05/2012 3:20:32 PM PDT by GSWarrior

BRENTWOOD (KCBS) — More than two-dozen high school seniors at Heritage High School in Brentwood were suspended for a prank the principal says “crossed the line.”

The mass suspension includes barring students from walking with their graduating class at commencement in addition to not being able to take their final exams. At least 25 students have been identified so far, but the investigation continues. Some students said they need to take finals in order to earn their diploma.

“We knew we’d get in a little bit of trouble, we didn’t think we’d get suspended for five days and not walk,” said Senior Marcos Sanchez, who was on hand Thursday night with about 100 other Heritage High School Seniors. There intention was to leave washable paint footprints on the walkways and saran wrap some objects on campus.

“We also removed the cement benches and we stacked them. They’re really heavy and we stacked them on top of each other and then we saran wrapped it shut,” said Sanchez. “It was pretty funny.”

First-year principal Larry Oshodi said not only was paint splattered “everywhere on campus,” but students relocated a 500 pound concrete bench and tied a lamb in chains to a pole. Banners and signs were also removed from structures on campus.

“What happened however was not just a little bit of washable paint…or some harmless prank with an animal,” said Oshodi.

Some students and parents were in tears as they spoke to local media, but Oshodi maintained that this was the hand that he was dealt and that there has to be consequences.

A Brentwood campus police officer escorted principal Oshodi as he walked through campus Monday. Oshodi said he has also had several supportive messages from parents, but plans to meet with individuals who are upset about the punishment.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: graduation; pranks

1 posted on 06/05/2012 3:20:42 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Make them clean it up and fix it and call it good. Thank God they didn’t go overboard and ride their bikes to school or something.


2 posted on 06/05/2012 3:23:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GSWarrior

I can see the student’s lawyers lined up around the block!!!


3 posted on 06/05/2012 3:24:18 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: GSWarrior

Let the kids graduate fine the parents up the ying yang


4 posted on 06/05/2012 3:24:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

As long as they didn’t drink a 16 oz soda they should be set free. But if they did, give em the chair.


5 posted on 06/05/2012 3:29:05 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: cripplecreek

cripplecreek you called it right.

In the OT, people had to pay back four times what they did. I say have them clean and fix it all, then three times the amount of work over. Of course, in today’s controlled society, that’s probably impossible - from parents insisting their kids can’t do the work to unions saying kids can’t do THEIR work.

But that’s the answer, in a good and common sense society.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 3:36:25 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care
Any sensible judge (especially one named Tom Sawyer) would say community service....like painting the entire interior of the school.

Appoint the bit smart alec of the bunch to keep a photo and timesheet record rather than painting. That will really pi** off the "followers" and crimp the smart alec's leadershi* skills.

7 posted on 06/05/2012 3:42:19 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: GSWarrior

I saw on the news the other day the seniors had put a old pickup truck around a pillar at the front entrance to the school. Seems the school offered welding classes for the first time this year! The welding class cut the truck in half, hole in the bed, and welded it back together around the pillar!

A note on it said they would be back the following evening to remove it. The truck was painted in school colors with class graffiti, etc.

Pretty clever!

Agreed with this article that the kids crossed the line, but also agree on cleaning it up and more and they get to graduate. (Maybe miss the ceremony though as that seems to be a standard punishment - which they were expecting).


8 posted on 06/05/2012 3:43:35 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: GSWarrior

I think it’s reasonable to suspend students who kept other students from taking their finals, but punishing the other pranks through suspensions seems ham handed.


9 posted on 06/05/2012 3:43:35 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: GSWarrior

I must be really old. Graduation pranks have been a tradition, and understood as students blowing off steam with the stress of finals. My nursing graduating class was the first class of mostly adults and after the discontinuation of on campus housing. We didn’t send anyone naked up the hospital elevator, or put trashy underwear on the school statue like the previous class. We did put up a lot of “Thank You” banners for the doctors and nurses that helped us get to graduation. I can understand not letting the kids walk as a punishment, but not letting them take their finals seems a bit over the top.


10 posted on 06/05/2012 3:44:53 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: GSWarrior
“We also removed the cement benches and we stacked them. They’re really heavy and we stacked them on top of each other and then we saran wrapped it shut,” said Sanchez. “It was pretty funny.”

And then we vandalized some more, broke some windows, and destroyed some more property. It was hilarious!

11 posted on 06/05/2012 3:45:17 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: I still care; cripplecreek

“... in a good and common sense society.”

There exists one of those wonderful places? Pray tell, where?


12 posted on 06/05/2012 3:46:03 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: I still care

In the little town where I grew up we had one part time cop and we respected him for handling things his way. If he caught us doing something we shouldn’t have, he imposed his own brand of community service without the “benefit” of courts.

Lots of little projects around town got done cheaply because of it. Better yet as we got older we taking care of things without being asked. I remember finding my cousin with his lawn tractor and a trailer raking the wide road shoulder were we parked next to the park. Someone had broken a beer bottle and he was cleaning it up so nobody punctured a tire or cut their feet.


13 posted on 06/05/2012 3:48:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: carriage_hill

Find yourself a little town of under 500 people and chances are you will have found it. It might take a while to get “in” but it will be worth the time invested.


14 posted on 06/05/2012 3:51:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GSWarrior
There intention was to leave washable paint footprints on the walkways and saran wrap some objects on campus.

One would think that a journalist would know the difference between "there," "their," and "they're."

15 posted on 06/05/2012 3:51:20 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: cripplecreek
Make them clean it up and fix it and call it good.

Agree. There will always be pranks. As long as no permanent damage was caused just make them put it all back as it was before they started.

16 posted on 06/05/2012 3:51:56 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: al baby
If you were familiar with Brentwood you would know the parents would never pay a cent.
17 posted on 06/05/2012 3:55:22 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK

Yup I worked in Brentwood for about 15 years Fine the bastards anyways


18 posted on 06/05/2012 4:00:00 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree, a pressure washer will take the paint off of the cement, it isn’t the end of the world. I would make them reverse all the damage and add a few tasks on top of it.


19 posted on 06/05/2012 4:00:14 PM PDT by tiki
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To: cripplecreek

Good advice.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: CaptainK

oops sorry wrong Brentwood


21 posted on 06/05/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: CaptainK

oops sorry wrong Brentwood


22 posted on 06/05/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: GSWarrior
some harmless prank with an animal

Those do frequently turn out badly.


23 posted on 06/05/2012 4:03:25 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: cripplecreek

My granddaughter’s class didn’t even toss their mortar boards.


24 posted on 06/05/2012 4:06:29 PM PDT by tiki
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To: katana

“HOLY S__T!”


25 posted on 06/05/2012 4:08:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GSWarrior

My students TPd my car. They didn’t damage the car and we all had a good laugh.

I figured out early that the kids do this to teachers they like.


26 posted on 06/05/2012 4:15:45 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: GSWarrior
We would get 99 years and the death sentence for what we did in military school today. All that happened to the ones caught was punishment tours... marching round and round a big oak tree.
27 posted on 06/05/2012 4:31:30 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: cripplecreek

At my HS, there was a kid who rode his motorcycle from one door, down the hall and out another door. Just so happened the sheriff was pulling up and saw him. The sheriff just told him not to do it again, later hired him and helped him through the police academy. My lips are sealed on the kid’s identity.


28 posted on 06/05/2012 4:37:45 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

We also had a kid ride a dirtbike down the hall of the school. Long crooked hall too.


29 posted on 06/05/2012 4:49:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Fiji Hill
One would think that a journalist would know the difference between "there," "their," and "they're."

FTA: "...and that there has to be consequences."

Or what a plural is. *sigh*

"Journalism" as such has long ceased to exist.

30 posted on 06/05/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: GSWarrior

WHAT IF THEY HELD A GRADUATION AND NOBODY SHOWED UP?


31 posted on 06/05/2012 5:29:53 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: cripplecreek

The seniors in my high school back in the 60’s picked up one of the ROTC instructor’s Volkswagon and placed it sideways against the ROTC building doors blocking them.

We never heard who did it or if they were ever caught or punished.


32 posted on 06/05/2012 5:33:19 PM PDT by dglang
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To: GSWarrior
My HS grad prank was wearing shorts under my robe instead of dress pants.

I was such a rebel.
33 posted on 06/05/2012 5:45:31 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: dglang

We put the commandant’s VW on the Chapel stage.


34 posted on 06/05/2012 6:25:57 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: GSWarrior
Been happening for a long time. I went to a Catholic high school in 9th grade. It wasn't just the Seniors, but every class went wild on graduation day. A lot of kids emptied their lockers on the floor, we were wading through paper a half-foot deep in the hallways. Someone lit a string of firecrackers in the hallway, another kid lit a big smoke bomb in the cafeteria, and drove everyone out. Seniors had their grad ceremony taken away.

That was back in 1972. Weird times.

35 posted on 06/05/2012 7:27:54 PM PDT by FlyVet
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