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High school senior class prank leads to 62 arrests

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 08:09 a.m. HST, May 01, 2014


TEANECK, N.J. >> Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank, urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.

Police said officers responding to a burglar alarm at Teaneck High School shortly after 2 a.m. also found desks flipped over, chairs broken, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floors and balloons throughout the building.

Even before they went inside, police said, officers could see many students through the building's windows.

Police from more than a dozen neighboring towns plus county law enforcement officers were called in to help.

They used police dogs in their room-by-room roundup of students, some of whom were hiding.

"It is possible that a few got away, but the majority were caught," Acting Police Chief Robert Carney said.

He said the students told officers that it was a senior prank -- an annual tradition at the northern New Jersey school of 1,300 students, though it is usually not this involved. As they were arrested, Carney said, some students were scared but others were laughing.

"If this was a senior class prank, I just don't believe that a lot of them realize the seriousness of it as far as breaking into the building," Sgt. John Garland said. "That's a burglary and I don't think they understand that. It's a very serious offense."

The 24 students who are 18 or older were charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The other 38 are juveniles and are being released to their parents.

Teaneck school superintendent Barbara Pinsak said at a news conference that the district is also considering disciplining students.

"The district continues to assess the situation and is considering the consequences that we'll impose on any students implicated," she said.

Pinsak said the school was cleaned up in time for classes on Thursday.







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loquaciousone wrote:
Needless to say most of them won't need to show up for graduation.
on May 1,2014 | 08:18AM
Waokanaka wrote:
Wow, more brilliant political correctness. Ruin a kid's life by giving them a criminal recored instead of detainoing them and making them clean everything up. The parents should pay for any repairs and their guilty children should be given the task of cleaning the school until graduation. Then, the kids should be the cleanup crew for the graduation and subsequent party !! Arrests, c'mon man, stop being such fascists, use some common sense. But then again, cops aren't hired for their brains, are they ??
on May 1,2014 | 08:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
TEANECK, N.J. >> Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank, urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.

Police said officers responding to a burglar alarm at Teaneck High School shortly after 2 a.m. also found desks flipped over, chairs broken, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floors and balloons throughout the building.

Sounds like more than teenagers being teenagers to me.
on May 1,2014 | 09:07AM
HIE wrote:
Your lack of brains is obvious here. Arrest and detainment does not equal trial & conviction. Arrest allows the school officials a record of which students were participating and the extent to which they participated. How else would the school know which students to punish? Arresting them is not facism, it's common sense and the law. It's not up to the police to determine punishment, it's the school and judicial system's responsibility.
on May 1,2014 | 09:25AM
lookup wrote:
If they have not learned the differance between right and wrong yet then now is the time. They have commited a crime and need to pay the consequences or else they will continue through life expecting to get away with doing wrong. It is common sense to punish/ correct problems and crimes right away. Cops are hired to protect the public or next time it might be your house they break into.
on May 1,2014 | 09:30AM
cojef wrote:
Vandalism is just that. Destroying public property is not just kids pranks. A Civic lesson is justified by arresting and charging them. In the old days students learned about "Civics"! The deterioration of modern society could be as a result Big Government control of education.
on May 1,2014 | 02:00PM
Mahalo wrote:
With the exception of the graffiti it was all in fun and games that has been going on for many years..
on May 1,2014 | 10:12AM
sparkyzane wrote:
Urine
on May 2,2014 | 11:34AM
jbguzior wrote:
make the parents pay.....and see if they don't catch cracks later.
on May 1,2014 | 10:16AM
handsomeguy wrote:
Teaneck is a gritty town like Newark and Trenton. I'm not surprised.
on May 1,2014 | 10:38AM
konag43 wrote:
what kind of parents do these kids come from what are they teaching their children. in my day no body would be laughing once they got home they would be bent over with a paddle kissing their buts and punished for a year made to pay for the damage and to clean the mess themselves.. i would have smashed their faces into their own urine and defintely no body would be laughing.
on May 1,2014 | 02:35PM
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