Are senior pranks a disappearing tradition?
The Dallas Morning News
worries that in many Texas schools the senior prank is a fast disappearing tradition. The reasons for its departure: high-tech security and stricter discipline standards. One senior is quoted as saying, "Maybe we'd do something if there weren't cameras everywhere and punishments weren't so crazy."
Well, it's not disappearing everywhere. This year students at Fort Walton Beach High School
slipped the "F word" into the yearbook by spelling it out in red letters spread across several pages. Students at Christian Community School
ordered 5100 free priority mail boxes from the post office and stacked them floor to ceiling in the school hallway. And some students at Normal Community West High School
released greased pigs into the auditorium.
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People need to lighten up.
I think that part of the problem is that so many of the pranks seem to be either stupid or harmful, if not outright illegal. If students were more thoughtful in their pranks and went for things that were just quirky and fun and original, then there would be a bit more tolerance in how senior pranks were viewed by the administration.
Welding a car around a flagpole is a good prank. Tricking a rival school into holding up signs at a sports event that spell out something embarrassing to them is a good prank. Planting a garden on a traffic island is a rather insipid prank. Calling in a bomb threat is a downright stupid prank. Students need to put more thought and creativity into their pranks.
As far as I'm concerned, kids today just toe the line WAY too much. Subvert a societal norm while you're still young, for Chrissakes!
Apparently scared turkeys crap a whole lot.