Have Teen Pranks at School Gone Too Far?

More than 60 students arrested in Teaneck last week and charged with burglary and criminal mischief during senior prank.

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Patch File Photo

Students at Teaneck High School woke up Thursday morning to find out more than 60 of their classmates had been arrested overnight.

The reason? For attempting to pull a prank of epic proportions inside the school’s walls that included littering the halls with blown-up balloons, smearing Vasoline on door handles, flipping desks and urinating on the floors.

The punch line for the prank couldn’t be enjoyed, however, as police caught the students in the act, arresting more than 60 teens in the middle of the night and charging many with burglary and criminal mischief.

While the prank may have been conceived as a harmless joke – no one was hurt – did it go too far? Are senior pranks getting out of hand? What can be done to curb the annual tradition at many schools?

Tell us in the comments!

M Tanner May 06, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Kids do stupid things, I think their punishment should be to shove them in to adult life a.s.a.p. by barring them from graduation ceremonies and maybe have them do community service like picking up trash on a roadside. Also pay for any damages.
Gerri Hopkins May 06, 2014 at 11:58 PM
They broke the law by breaking into the school at 2:00 am. They must takeover the punishment than fits the crime, and its not community service. You get charged with breaking and entering and see happens to you. And what happened once inside is yet to be fully determined. More to come!
Matthew Minthorn May 07, 2014 at 01:45 AM
You have to ask yourself what do you think they were getting accomplished by doing this act? It's sad to read about something like this. I think pranks have reached a level where they need to think twice. You hear about college pranks gone wrong and now HS pranks gone bad. This is a bad situation and I think that they need to draw the line on pranks like this. This is embarrassing not to the school but to the facility, student body, and parents.
Dame Bridgid May 07, 2014 at 06:11 PM
The Patch forgot to mention the graffiti all over the walls, the broken chairs, and flipped over furniture blocking doorways or hallways. Human waste all over the floors. Destruction of property or creating a biohazard is not a prank. What I found truly disgusting were the PARENTS who thought their "angels" should not have been arrested. I feel they ALL deserved it for becoming part of a "mob mentality"! Especially the ones who were whipping out their wienies, acting like dogs breaking house training. Maybe these students would have behaved better if they had real parents instead of enablers who want to be their "friends". They should have been expressing how they were angry and disappointed in their offspring. Well! The old saying seems true... The apple does not fall far from the tree!
LindaSue May 08, 2014 at 06:07 PM
How can people really comment on something that hasn't been reported on accurately? It seems some of the readers know more than the reporters.


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