Thousands of dollars in damages and the suspension of classes for the remainder of the school year were the result of an originally approved high school senior prank in Texas this week.
A small group of students at Frisco’s Memorial High School planned and carried out the prank, which involved plastering walls with Post-it notes. Rather than a one-off prank, the vandalism spread throughout the entire school, according to school officials.
As a result of the damage, the high school was forced to cancel its final two days of classes on Thursday and Friday so that the campus could be cleaned, Fox 4 reported.
School officials have stated that they intend to penalize the students who caused the mess. A letter from school administrators stated that “paint on the walls, furniture destruction, fire extinguisher discharges, and more” had caused “thousands of dollars” of damage.
The walls, ceilings, and floors of the 300,000-square-foot campus must be thoroughly cleaned.” Frisco ISD administrators say that students will be held responsible for the costs associated with cleaning up the mess.
When the prank got out of hand, the school’s staff called the police and the fire department to handle the situation.
A video posted on social media shows a vandalized cafeteria filled with white smoke from fire extinguishers as other students record the chaos. Officials say no one was hurt in the incident.
A Frisco High School went full send with a Senior prank, they caused so much chaos the school cancelled classes pic.twitter.com/kepirLaxpd
— Dallas Texas TV (@DallasTexasTV) May 19, 2022
In order to identify those involved, the school and the police department are working closely together. They could be charged with a crime.
For senior Katelynn Mabrey, it was “another level of embarrassment because I was expecting just to go to school the next day and sticky notes would be everywhere,” she said on Fox 4.
As a student, she expressed her disappointment at the prospect of no longer having access to the same professors she had previously known.
“As a result of the events, classes were canceled. Those teachers were a big part of Katelynn’s life, and now she doesn’t get to see them. “And, frankly, it’s not amusing at all. It’s a bad look. I find it heartbreaking.”
The high school graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday is expected to proceed as planned.