Most of us pulled a senior prank or two in high school. As I remember, my senior class had a thing for water balloons filled with somewhat nefarious substances. But according to the New York Post on May 1, over 60 students at Teaneck High School brought the term “senior prank” to a whole new level.
The 62 seniors literally trashed their school. The fun-loving seniors broke in and engaged in such activities as greasing doorknobs, leaving balloons everywhere, flipping over desks and peeing in the hallways.
The school’s alarm went off around 2:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found some students still in the building. Some were hiding; some attempted to run. The police made 62 arrests.
Of those 62 students, 38 were juveniles and released to their parents. The other 24 students were 18 years or older. They will all have to appear in court facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief. There’s a good chance that the juveniles will be tried as adults.
Teaneck School District rushed a cleanup crew in so the school could open as scheduled on Thursday, May 1. One senior opined that it wasn’t all that bad as it only took the team two hours to clean it up.
“It appears this was a senior prank, but this was a little off the wall,” Teaneck Police Sgt. John Garland said. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 19 years [on the job] — Magic Marker graffiti all over the place, Vaseline smeared on doorknobs, urinating in the hallways, garbage littered throughout the hallways, desks and chairs flipped over.”
One might wonder what possessed them to do this. Did it start off as just fun with balloons and a little door grease and then get out of hand? And whatever they eventually did, they still broke in which is a criminal offense. Did they have an excuse or a reason? Yes. “It’s just a senior class prank.”
Whether it was crazy or fun for the students is a mystery right now. Police report that some were laughing as they were led away in handcuffs. The sad fact remains, though, that 62 high school seniors will now have criminal records that will impact their future at a time when they should be celebrating.
Teaneck school officials are fully cooperating with police in order to get the situation sorted out. The high school opened on time after the night of mayhem.