PARKER CITY, Ind. (WISH) - Eight students from Monroe Central High School have been banned from walking at graduation after a senior prank went awry.
The school calls it vandalism but the boys involved say the school's punishment isn't aimed at them.
When Monroe Central Senior Chase Drew realized the end of year was nearing, and no one in their class had planned a senior prank, he took action.
"Since everybody does one we figured we had to, and nobody else in the class were really talking about it so we figured we had to go ahead and take the torch and do our senior prank," said Drew.
Drew rallied the troops. Other students chipped in money. A teacher even offered ideas, he said.
"Every year there's a prank," said Senior, Vance Butler.
Early Saturday morning the seniors popped a window and threw toilet paper, strung lockers shut, put washable paint on the windows, and sticky notes on lockers.
"The whole time we just kept telling ourselves, no damages, no harm done is what we figured would happen," said Drew.
But it was when they got back outside the straggler of the group told them what he left inside.
"That's when he came out and told us about the sink incident, the defecating, the defecating in the sink," said Butler.
The school is calling the prank an act of vandalism. According to the Star Press, Superintendent Reece Mann said "Unfortunately these eight individuals made a bad decision last weekend."
The punishment is 10 days suspension and the seniors are banned from walking at graduation.
Now the boys say it's their parents who are paying for their punishment.
"My mom's taking it pretty hard. She's been in tears and stuff because she said 13 years of her life she looks forward to seeing me walk," said Drew.
A prank to celebrate their graduation has ended any celebration at all.
"This is not punishing us. We don't care whether we walk across the stage or not, our parents do," said Butler.
24-Hour News 8 reached out to Monroe Central but could not get in touch with the superintendent.
A press release issued by the district stated that the "decision to press criminal charges has not been made."
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