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Fuquay students barred from graduation after senior prank

Posted June 8, 2011

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— Sixteen Fuquay-Varina High School students won't be allowed to participate in their graduation ceremony Saturday following a senior prank, officials said Wednesday.

The incident involved toilet-papering the school's courtyard, covering door handles in peanut butter and writing obscenities around the school.

Michael Evans, spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said district administrators stand behind the principal's decision to bar the students involved in the prank from graduation, calling the incident a case of vandalism.

Evans noted that the students could have been charged with trespassing and vandalism.

The mother of one of the students said she and other parents have asked the principal to reconsider and have offered to have the students do community service to make up for the prank if they are allowed to take part in graduation.

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  • visavisa21 Jun 13, 2011

    You can't go through life thinking that mom and dad are going to take care of everything and that community service will take care of it. The principal needs to pass the message along to future seniors that this type of behavior/vandalism is WRONG!!! Hopefully next year, that group will have enough brains to realize it's a bad idea and the principal will follow through with tough consequences again. Stop protecting these kids from the real world!! They deserve these consequences!!!

  • chuck92 Jun 10, 2011

    mmarshbanks- Most of it was cleaned up before we got to school. Most of them were exempt from there exams. Also we had review that day... So not much was even going on.

    People need to understand that all the students agreed with everything that had gone down.

  • bmullins Jun 10, 2011

    "I have been talking to a group of parents that are thinking of disrupting FV high Schools graduation unless they are allowed to walk - I am starting to support this idea." -prayn4daylight

    So, because some kids screwed up and crossed the line, these other "parents" think disrupting the ceremony for kids who had common sense and stayed out of it is acceptable? All of the kids are saying its unfair cause it's punishing their parents - so in retaliation you, and these other parents, hope to punish everyone else who DIDN'T VOLUNTARILY vandalize the school and the parents of these graduates? Wow.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Jun 10, 2011

    haleyneer -- It still doesn't change the fact that actions bear consequences. I couldn't care less what college any of them got into; that is beside the point. They could have the IQ of a genius, but it still doesn't mean that the rules should be bent or disregarded for them. Either way this whole discussion is pointless because the Principal already made his decision and the students are getting the punishment that fit the crime. Welcome to the real world!

  • mmarshbanks Jun 10, 2011

    These students' actions show they do not have any respect for their school facility, their fellow students, or the school staff. The non-senior students were still in exams and the staff had to work around the mess or clean it. If their school means so little to them that they think this vandalism is "a prank" they do not deserve to walk in graduation. I wonder if they would still call it a "prank" if someone did this to their homes or cars.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 9, 2011

    chuck92 : careful now....I'm happy to read your point of view and give it proper respect, but the disrespectful tone of your comment(s) only reinforce opinions that teenagers today have no respect for the rights, property and opinions of others. Actions have consequences. These 16 chose the action and now have a consequence. It's life.

  • NC Reader Jun 9, 2011

    I happen to know an employee of this school and have learned that many, if not most, of the students' parents strongly support the principal's decision to keep their children from the graduation ceremony. The principal has also had a lot of support from other parents, the teachers, and the county office. There are only a few parents of involved students, along with their children, who are making a fuss over it. People have made it sound as if there is widespread complaining from the parents. That is simply not so.

  • chuck92 Jun 9, 2011

    Cary Is Awesome-Yes you know everything that went down right? School was in complete destruction, not even able to operate a full day. Oh wait...

    (The offense is so minor, doubt the students would be convicted of a felony)

    The kids are sorry. Majority are truly remorseful, there might be a few who are "sorry for being caught"

  • nellbaby Jun 9, 2011

    I have been talking to a group of parents that are thinking of disrupting FV high Schools graduation unless they are allowed to walk - I am starting to support this idea.

    they should be allowed to walk in their Graduation - this is the only one they will ever have and how dare a few uppity school administrators take that from them. Shame on the principle.
    prayn4daylight

    and these are probably the parents where the kids get their behavior patterns from.....no respect for authority

  • jbk13 Jun 9, 2011

    What a pathetically unimaginative and immature senior prank.

    Last year (at my daughter's school), the senior prank involved a student(s?) hacking the school's home page and creating a redirect to a fabricated ad/auction on Ebay for her school. The text/pics for the auction were sardonic, but in no way disrespectful. It was hilarious. I still wish I knew who did it.

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