YONKERS, N.Y. -- Graduating seniors everywhere might think twice about pulling their senior pranks after more than 60 Teaneck High School students were arrested early Thursday, May 1.
As part of their senior prank, a tradition in many American high schools, the mischievous teens broke into the school early in the morning, where they sprayed silly string on the floors, taped hot dogs to lockers, flipped desks, urinated in the hallways and smeared Vaseline on doors.
Police were tipped off by the school's security alarms, and 17 surrounding police departments were called in to help round-up students, WCBS 880 reported.
The story, which went vira, has left people wondering if the students deserved legal punishment, or if this harmless senior prank went horribly awry.
Marialisa Serratore of Yonkers, an education student at Concordia College in Bronxville, said she believed the law should get involved in a less drastic way.
"The law should probably have them do some community service outside of school," she said. "Senior pranks have been around for so many years, it's become a tradition. Kids will be kids and do silly pranks, but when it's taken too far that they're damaging school property and ruining things with graffiti? Then I believe the law should be enforced."
Serratore's classmate, Victoria Flora from Long Island, who is also studying to be a teacher, said she believes while this prank seems like a huge issue now, nobody was hurt and it won't matter in the bigger picture.
"It's just a school prank and it's going to be forgotten in a matter of a year. Kids at all high schools do pranks, no matter what grade. It's just getting more publicity now, and that shouldn't be any reason for these students to get more severe consequences," she said.
Flora, who works with students on a daily basis, said she thinks those who damaged school property should be penalized beyond in-school detention, but those who simply moved desks and stringed lockers should only be suspended for a few days and given minor consequences.
What do you think, Yonkers? Should the students have been arrested, or was this simply an overreaction to a harmless prank? Join the conversation below.
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