High School Senior Class Prank Ends in 62 Arrests


We’re all familiar with the infamous, “Senior Class Prank,” and although it’s meant to be a harmless joke, sometimes it can go a little too far, especially when it leads to 62 students being arrested at two in the morning.

In Teaneck, New Jersey, police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Teaneck High School shortly after 2 AM, Thursday morning (May 1st). Upon arriving, officers said to have seen students through the windows even before entering the building. Turns out, 62 seniors joined together to execute their annual senior class prank. This year’s prank consisted of urination in the halls, lubricating door knobs with petroleum jelly, taping hot dogs to lockers, and much, much more.

County law enforcement and dozens of officers from neighboring towns were called in for help. Police dogs were used to search each individual room to rally up any hidden pranksters. “It is possible that a few got away, but the majority were caught,” said Police Chief, Robert Carney.

Students explain to officers that it was just a senior prank and that it happens every year, just not as frenzied. “If this was a senior class prank, I just don’t believe that a lot of them realize the seriousness of it as far as breaking into the building,” said Sgt. John Garland, “That’s a burglary and I don’t think they understand that. It’s a very serious offense.”

Twenty-four of the 62 seniors who were the age of 18, were charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The rest were considered juveniles and were released to their parents. While under the process of being arrested, some had tears in their eyes, while others laughed it off.

Teaneck superintendent, Barbara Pinsak, speaks of the district’s consideration of discipline at a news conference, stating,  “The district continues to assess the situation and is considering the consequences that we’ll impose on any students implicated.”

Even though there were desks flipped over, broken chairs on the ground, graffiti on the walls, and balloons and silly string in the halls, Pinsak informed the public that the school was cleaned up just in time for class later on that day.

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