Elgin High students face various punishments for senior prank

Ballons fill Elgin High School as part of a senior prank. (Report It)
Ballons fill Elgin High School as part of a senior prank. (Report It)

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — About 50 Elgin High School students are facing some stiff consequences after the school district says they “vandalized” the school as part of a senior prank.

A spokesperson for the Elgin Independent School District says around midnight on Monday, the students—without permission—entered the building with a key and proceeded to vandalize the school. The district says the students “threw balloons, flour, rice, syrup and honey” all over the school. The district says custodians had to spend several hours overnight to clean up the “prank.”

While the school isn’t pressing charges against the students involved, the students will have to pick which punishment is doled out from the following options:

  • $75 and 10 hours community service
  • $150
  • 20 hours community service
  • Student can choose to not walk during graduation

The district says if the student chooses to pay the fee, the money will be used as restitution for staff having to deal with the clean up.

Manor ISD disciplines students for food fight

Some students at Manor High School are also in trouble for starting a food fight that was pegged as a senior prank. Manor High School officials says the joke was vandalism and a potential danger to students.

Tuesday, students were sent to class and not allowed back in the cafeteria, but after another food fight broke out Wednesday morning, school officials decided students involved won’t be walking at graduation. Manor High officials are still reviewing security cameras to see who was involved in the food fights that escalated.

Regardless of who was involved, students at Manor High School will not be allowed to eat in the cafeteria or bring back packs or large purses to school for the remainder of the school year. The school wants to make sure no water balloons or other objects are brought to school.

“Hopefully other grade levels and schools see this and say this is not the direction we want to go,” said Manor ISD spokesperson Abby Chalmers.

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