High school senior “prank” leads to 62 arrests

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Police respond to Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J. on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - rounding up a large group of students for what's been called a senior prank. (Image Credit: CBS New York)

Harmless prank or malicious activity? Either way, a lot of teens are now dealing with legal problems just as they prepare to graduate.

Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank.

As CBS News and the Associated Press report, the incident involved students “urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.”

Police said officers responded to a burglar alarm at Teaneck High School around 2 a.m. and discovered “desks flipped over, chairs broken, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floors and balloons throughout the building.”

Reinforcements were called in to help round up all of the student suspects.

“It is possible that a few got away, but the majority were caught,” Acting Police Chief Robert Carney said.

Students told officers it was all just a senior prank – an annual tradition at the northern New Jersey school. Many of the arrested students are 18 or older and now face charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

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  • Calvin Sanders

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  • Tyko Mäkitammi

    This will probably be a positive thing for these kids in the long run. Every adolescent needs his or her “I can do whatever I want and nothing bad will ever happen to me” bubble burst sooner or later.

  • D C

    Urinating in the hallways is not a prank, just lowlifes doing what they do. I’m sure they will all be let go easy due to the fact that some of the 62 will be sports heroes or come from affluent families.

    • You-know-who

      How about no. What they are doing is just a destruction of property. I am a senior but I would never do anything like what these kids did.

  • Speedracer

    Well as most people know they hire people for summer work. If I was a judge I would make them work their entire summer around what ever job they already have to clean the school and help with repairs. The money saved by the school would make up for the broken furniture.

  • machine_gunner

    Breaking into a closed building and causing damage is not a prank. They need to be punished, may a couple of weeks in jail along with paying the clean up and damage, and months of community service.

  • concerned parent

    How about withholding 62 dipolma’s and not allowing the 62 students
    to walk in graduation until they clean the school themselves and do
    community service at the school for the entire summer. That is what
    they will remember. I agree that a senior prank is one thing but this
    went farther than that and the students should stand accountable

    • You-know-who

      I agree with you. Once they clean the school the whole summer then the get their diplomas.

  • tammy tidwell

    They took it a little to far. Urinating in the halls, breaking desks, & graffiti
    Is taking it to far. They shouldn’t face criminal crimes or have their diplomas held from them. Do think they should have to pay for damages, clean up the mess, & have to do community service.

  • KB

    These are high school students?? There are pre-schoolers that behave better than this! I agree with Tammy and Concerned Parent.

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