Tennessee high school students have been banned from graduation for their involvement in a prank which vandalized their school.
One hundred seniors from Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee, have been accused of misconduct after they covered the hallways at their school in hay, urine, trash and even dead animals.
In addition to the students who were banned from their graduation ceremony, the school principal has been suspended and a deputy who let the students into the school has been fired from his job, as the investigation continues.
1. One hundred seniors at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee, covered the hallways at their school in hay (right), urine, trash and even dead a dead possum (left).
It has been reported that Director of Schools Tim Blankenship has suspended Principal Gary Cole without pay. Deputy James Fisher has been fired after he was captured on video letting the students into the school.
Fisher is seen leaving, but is then returning after he hears that the prank has gotten out of hand.
The deputy has also allegedly given a false report about the incident.
2. Those 100 students have now been banned from attending the graduation ceremony at the school.
The school district issued a statement which read:
After receiving additional details concerning the events that took place at Sequoyah High School on April 30, 2015, Director of Schools Tim Blankenship has suspended Principal Gary Cole indefinitely, pending an investigation.
This suspension is without pay. Any further decision will be made when the investigation is concluded.
3. Deputy James Fisher was fired after he was seen on camera letting students into the school (below) at midnight last Thursday.
Kody Hampton, one of the students involved in the prank, told Local 8 that initially the prank involved only glitter and balloons when it started last Thursday around midnight. However, it all took a turn as ever more students started showing up around 1:00 am.
He says that the students who came later released chickens and crickets in the school, dumped trash bins, covered walls in oil and ketchup, tore down posters and placed marbles in front of doors to injure teachers. Hampton said:
I walked out of the building, I looked at the camera and said “I was not part of this.” It was awful.
This isn’t our school, this isn’t our class, we’re not about that.
4. Director of Schools Tim Blankenship has suspended Principal Gary Cole (pictured) without pay after an investigation into the prank.
Source: Local 8.
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