Senior Pranks: A Modern Frankenstein

Graduating high school is always regarded as bittersweet for seniors. Everyone wants to put down the pens and notebooks and begin their lives, but leaving the establishment you’ve given your heart to for four years can hurt. For this reason, many seniors refuse to be forgotten and take it upon themselves to do something memorable. This greed for notoriety spawned the tradition of committing pranks during the final weeks of student’s high school years.
  When most people hear “Frankenstein” they think of a novel written by Mary Shelley, but the actual definition is applicable in everyday life. A Frankenstein refers to the creation of something that is thought to be helpful or fun but eventually bring about ruin. The practical jokes played by students at the end of their K-12 career was thought to be an exciting way to make school entertaining, but eventually lead to catastrophe. Most schools in the United States have banned the practice due to it’s usually destructive manner. With the threats of detention or suspension no longer daunting over them, students may yearn to cause some mischief. These inclinations have lead to teens destroying property, ruining reputations and even acquiring jail time. This year, 5 Texas teens reaped multiple felony charges such as vandalism and defacing school property after tagging the school with profane graffiti. These extremes give senior pranks the demonic stature they hold to this day, but not all of the antics are lawless. Sites like BuzzFeed and Pinterest offer lists of senior prank ideas that are both harmless and comical including renting a mariachi band to play in the lunchroom or filling a principal’s office with balloons. If everyone could express some self control and keep the jokes amusing yet safe, senior pranks could be an annual event for all to enjoy.
  In Lake Shore’s hometown, senior pranks are often regarded as dangerous and frowned upon. Every year before the seniors leave, police can be found patrolling the campus scouring for evidence of misconduct. This doesn’t stop some students from breaking a few rules in their final days. “Back in my high school days,” Phil Cerrasco, Lake Shore English teacher, reminisces, “faculty was a lot more lenient about pranks”. This tolerance didn’t stop Cerrasco from getting a suspension from school shortly before graduation. “My friend thought it would be hilarious to hit me with a pie tin filled with shaving cream, so I tackled him and filled every hole in his face with shaving cream”. Fellow teacher Dan Mumbrue witnessed a less violent prank pulled off by the class above his. “Someone had a hookup with a bottling company and got their hands on thousands of bottle caps. They came to school early and flooded the main hallway with [bottle caps]”. After the students offered and committed to helping in cleaning up, the prank went fairly smoothly and was regarded as harmless and entertaining. Science teacher Christopher Gwozdz had a similar innocuous prank attempt happen in his high school with the aid of watch alarms and mass coordination. “The graduates of my junior year had an entire hallway set watch alarms to a certain time and put them in their lockers, causing major confusion,” he recalls.  These innocent gags can be way more enjoyable than destroying property and will grant any student everlasting honor.

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