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June 5, 2013

Prank backfires on Texas high school students

CNHI News Service

ALVARADO, Texas —  About 20 seniors at Alvarado High School have completed their senior year but a “spur-of-the-moment” prank has kept them from receiving their diplomas.

The students broke into the school late last week and wrote on windows with shoe polish, moved furniture out of the teachers’ lounge and left a mess in the hallways.

The mischief didn’t amuse school administrators. The seniors were told they could participate in graduation activities, but wouldn’t receive a diploma until the school was cleaned up.

But that’s not the end of it. Local police are charging the students with trespassing on school property.

"The big issue is them being there and it was unauthorized by the school district," Alvarado Police Chief Brad Anderson told the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. "It seemed like it crossed the line."

Several parents said they thought the police action was excessive.


Details for this story were provided by the Cleburne (Texas) Times-Review.