Hernando High's senior pranksters will walk at graduation after all
BROOKSVILLE -- There are 14 very relieved Hernando High School seniors today.
The seniors who participated in a prank on the Brooksville campus over the Memorial Day weekend will get to participate in Monday's graduation ceremony, after all. Superintendent Wayne Alexander on Friday reversed his original decision to uphold a recommendation by the school's principal to ban the students from the ceremony.
Instead, the seniors must complete 40 hours of community service at the school, Alexander said. He said he will hold their diplomas until they have met that obligation.
The students are alleged to have made their way onto campus and rearranged tables and chairs and smeared grease on windows and doors.
Alexander said the argument that the students' family members would also be punished by missing out on commencement weighed heavily in his decision. The seniors have still learned a valuable lesson, the superintendent said.
"They've learned that when you go down that road of making poor choices, anything can happen, and your poor choices affect the people you love and care about," he said.
The district is still deciding how to punish a second group of four underclassmen who came onto campus after the seniors and sprayed graffiti on 15 buildings and a school van.
-- Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer