Students won't walk at graduation after prank

Students in trouble after prank
Source: KAIT
Source: KAIT
Source: KAIT
Source: KAIT

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - A senior prank did not have a funny ending for several students at Osceola High School.

More than 30 students damaged school property and now they will not get to walk at their high school graduation.

It all started as a senior prank Sunday night.

According to Osceola Superintendent Michael Cox, the students illegally went into the school and damaged property.

Cox said they threw cereal in the hallways, spray painted some walls and trashed several other areas.

The students received a 5-day suspension and will not be allowed to attend their graduation Friday night.

Cox said criminal charges have also been filed.

Some students and parents believe the district went overboard on the punishment.

"We worked 12 long years not to be able to walk across the stage," one student said. "Just getting the diploma feels good, but I want to walk across the stage also."

"Them having to do community service, that's enough," said Denise McBride, one student's aunt. "Why not give them that satisfaction of walking across that stage? That's why they worked so hard."

Cox said the students will be notified at a later date when they can pick up their diplomas.

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