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Senior prank season runs amok

Prank_2 Senior pranks have been around since any of us can remember, and more often than not they're funny and usually harmless. We can still remember the VW Beetle carefully reassembled in the school commons, toilet paper in the trees and the car tires stacked all the way up the school's tallest flagpole.

But then there's the overboard attempts by teens who probably aren't thinking much about the potential jail time that might go with their so-called jokes. Lee County is looking at two of those "pranks" right now.

Apparently fueled by the hope of getting on an MTV special that highlights end-of-year pranks, a group of six Estero High students jumped the school fence over the long holiday weekend and trashed the place. A janitor discovered the mess early Tuesday, and the school discovered the culprits with the help of surveillance camera footage. Now the kids are facing felony charges, the Naples Daily News reports.

A week earlier, East Lee County High was forced to evacuate twice after toxic chemical scares that caused some students and staff members to experience dizziness, vomiting and worse. After detailed investigations, district leaders - and several students - are saying they think this, too, was a kid's prank aimed at getting everyone out of class, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

Graduation season has already begun. Florida's grad rate is already low enough. Perhaps the rest of the state's seniors can find a way to make it to commencement without doing something dumb.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:43am]


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