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High school pranksters treated on case-by-case basis

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Jacobs High School students who participated in a senior prank last Friday will have to write letters assuring school administrators that they will behave at graduation before officials decide whether they will be allowed to walk during graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

On Monday, Jacobs administrators met with eight students and their parents who participated in the impromptu prank by sliding down a hallway on a tarp topped with soapy and oily water. Students were given the opportunity to provide their perspective on the incident during their conversations with administrators, the Elgin Courier-News is reporting.

Allison Strupeck, School District 300 director of communication services, said despite a thorough investigation, the school was not able to clearly identify the organizers and perpetrators of the prank.

“In other words, it is not clear whose idea it was, and who was personally responsible for pouring the soap, oil and water throughout the hallway that created the hazardous conditions,” she said.

As school administrators do every year, the consequences for senior pranks are clearly laid out months in advance. “If they had been identified, the perpetrators most certainly would have faced losing the privilege of walking at graduation,” Strupeck said.

Once the letter written by a student are received by the school, administrators will follow up with that student and his or her parents to let them know of the school’s final decision. “Since the students with whom administrators met yesterday were not apparently the organizers of the prank, administration is willing to consider other outcomes on a case-by-case basis,” Strupeck said.

The letters are to help guarantee the safety of students as well as family, staff, guests and administrators at Saturday’s graduation. “With several thousand people expected to attend graduation ceremonies, there must be an assurance of safe conditions,” Strupeck said.

Strupeck said a few years ago, another group of District 300 students held a similar prank that resulted in one student breaking a leg and another student breaking a tooth.

“While it is easy to discount a senior prank as simply ‘kids being kids,’ parents are counting on the school to be a place where their children will not get hurt,” Strupeck said. “Ultimately it is the school’s responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and all staff.”

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