UPDATE on Siegel High School Prank - 3-Students not allowed to participate in graduation ceremony

UPDATE on Siegel High School Prank - 3-Students not allowed to participate in graduation ceremony | Siegel High, Siegel Prank,Siegel,Murfreesboro Siegel,Murfreesboro news,Rutherford County Schools

Siegel High School principal Jason Bridgeman has now mostly completed his investigation into the Siegel High senior prank and all students involved will face some time of discipline. At this point, it appears as if three students will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and about 150 will have to perform community service work, cleaning the school. 

While names of juveniles can not be released, we did confirm the following from the Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans...

  • The child of a teacher has admitted to taking their father’s school keys without his knowledge to gain access to the building. The principal has concluded that no teachers were involved in assisting with the prank. The student will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies next Tuesday. Despite the principal finding that no teacher was said to be involved, an official Murfreesboro Police report showed that one teacher was on hand when officers arrived at the school last week (MPD Incident Report #14-9297).

  • Three individuals were involved in spraying oil on the school floors. Two of them were students and the third was a friend from out of town. It was his idea because he had seen it on YouTube. Those two students will not be participating in graduation. 

  • Seven other students will likely not participate in graduation for their involvement with destroying wrestling mats. The students dragged the mats outside and some of them put water on them, which ruined them. The school thinks it will cost $7,000 to replace them but they have been told in may only be a few hundred dollars. The principal wants to confirm the amount to replace them, but if it is the higher amount, they will not be participating in graduation either. 

  • Approximately 150 other students were involved in the lower level mischief. Mr. Bridgeman has told them all that they must complete eight hours of community service before they will be allowed to participate in graduation next week. The school will let them work it off this week or through a third-party non-profit organization, such as the Red Cross. Mr. Bridgeman is also holding a cleanup day at the school on Saturday and students can work off their hours during that event. There will also be a carwash Saturday at the school with all proceeds benefitting the wrestling program, and students can work at the event to earn their hours. The principal is finalizing the list of students who were involved using the police list, footage from security cameras and from those students who have self-reported. Several students have self-reported, the principal said. 

Original Story by WGNS below: 

A senior prank may have gone a little too far at one Rutherford County School. The prank occurred at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro early Thursday morning (5/15/14). According to Schools Spokesperson James Evans, some seniors poured cooking oil all over the floors, making them slippery for anyone who stepped foot inside the property.

Evans told WGNS, “The school did notify parents to begin picking up students at 11 am today because there was a worry about safety.” Evans said most of it has since been cleaned up and the school will be open on Monday as usual.

We learned from Murfreesboro Police that officers arrived at the school around 1:30 in the morning and as they approached saw several dozen juveniles in and around the school. Police did their best to nab every student in the area of the school, but were only able to detain about 75-students. The students claimed the school staff knew they were “decorating the school as a senior prank.” The students went on to state, “there were a few teachers inside the school.”

Officer J. Johnson wrote in a report, “The school had been toilet papered and ransacked.” The officer went on to report, “The teacher that was on scene advised that the students were allowed in the school, but they took the prank too far.” The report shows that the juveniles cleaned up the mess and were later released to their parents.

Source:

MPD Incident #14-9297
Rutherford Co. Schools Spokesperson James Evans

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