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June 15th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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No graduation for baby oil prank - DC Breaking Local News Weather Sports FOX 5 WTTG

Short version: High School prank - pour baby oil on the floors and have everyone go sliding.

I am with the school on this one. I don't care if one of the boys had an over 4.0 gpa. What he did was beyond a prank. It was stupid and could've involved serious injuries.

ETA: Some articles state that they poured it on the stairs and pulled or were planning on pulling the fire alarms.
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June 15th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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A prank stops being a prank when people can get seriously injured or worse. I agree with the school as well.
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June 15th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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I'm another meanie on this one and say I'm not feeling too bad for the students involved. Its a huge safety issue. Especially for students who have physical disabilities.
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June 15th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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June 15th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Ditto all previous answers. Oiling a floor is hilarious against your roommates or friends. Doing it to large numbers of people in public and using a fire alarm to get things going is not smart.
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June 15th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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I love a good prank but this went above and beyond just fun and games. I think the punishment fits the crime.
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June 15th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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I'm on the fence on this one.

While I agree that the prank went above and beyond just normal senior pranks, and that the students should be punished, I can understand where the parents are coming on this one. That "one disciplinary issue in 13 years' of schooling should not be enough to keep the 18-year-old out of the graduation ceremony"

I'm sure there were other, and still just as affective ways, of discplining the students. If it was my daughter, I'd for sure want her punished, but I'd probably ask for a lesser punishment as well. People make mistakes all the time.
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June 15th, 2012, 09:36 PM
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One of the students quoted said they knew the consequences, so yes, the punishment was absolutely fair. Kids do this at my school every year. One year teachers and students were hurt. One student even required back surgery from injuries sustained. Students are not stupid. They know these pranks have the potential to hurt others. I have seen the baby oil stunt as well as others. Last year we had many students throw bleach filled balloons over balconies. We had outcries from parents and students because these kids were not allowed to walk across the stage.
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June 16th, 2012, 06:44 AM
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I'm on the fence on this one.

While I agree that the prank went above and beyond just normal senior pranks, and that the students should be punished, I can understand where the parents are coming on this one. That "one disciplinary issue in 13 years' of schooling should not be enough to keep the 18-year-old out of the graduation ceremony"

I'm sure there were other, and still just as affective ways, of discplining the students. If it was my daughter, I'd for sure want her punished, but I'd probably ask for a lesser punishment as well. People make mistakes all the time.
It was the end of the school year, so it isn't like a suspension or even expulsion could happen. At the end of the year you are pretty limited in punishment options. And, I doubt the school could force things like community service after the child has already received his diploma. And, with the parents whining, I'm not sure they'd even make sure the kids follow through on the punishment. If it was one small disciplinary issue I would understand, but this is BIG.
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June 16th, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Minor infractions get minor consequences, major ones get major consequences. If they hadn't behaved like immature ***** they wouldn't be getting treated like they had.

I say tough **** kids, next time I'm guessing you'll rethink your antics when the consequences may actually make you look stupid in the end. Since that's likely how everyone else will see it..."what idiots, ruining their own chance at graduation"..and such.

Personally I say they're lucky that was the only punishment, as it's a pretty minor one. If it were me, I'd require more than that, and include community service-but I'm just mean like that. Now had someone gotten hurt, well they'd be facing far more than some minor embarrassment. Walking across the stage with your fellow classmates is a privilege, not a right. It can be lost by behaving like a tool who doesn't deserve it. I don't know of any school who doesn't warn kids of this, just in case. Stupidity abounds at times when you're a kid, and adults are well aware of this fact. Hence why they try to prevent stupid ideas that can actually harm other people.
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June 17th, 2012, 03:23 AM
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Wow we put the principals car in the gym (his wife is my dentist so she helped) taking every percaution to not damage the car, gym or ourselves....why the hell do something that could hurt someone? That's not a prank!

Sucks they wont get to walk but it is their own fault. Maybe they will think about their actions next time.
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June 17th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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I agree with the school on this one. This wasn't just a harmless, silly prank. This is something that had the potential to cause serious injuries.

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