HOMESTEAD (WITI) — Days away from graduation, three Homestead High School students are shut out of the ceremony. It all stems from a school prank that has parents in an uproar. School official say they knew the prank was coming — and sent a clear warning to students in advance.
“Shaving cream, silly string, eggs, confetti — you name it, it was thrown,” said Connor.
A video submitted to FOX6 News by students shows just how chaotic it got inside the school earlier this week. Parents say principal Brett Bowers can be seen walking through the group.
“Went right to my son and grabbed him and then pulled and yanked him through the crowd,” said Emily.
No one wanted to be fully identified for this story, but Emily says her son, Jake was one of three students suspended for the act.
“It’s not right for the district to treat three students this way,” said Emily.
In addition to the suspension, those three students also aren’t allowed to participate in this weekend’s commencement.
“It’s unfair that it’s being pinned on three kids when — only three kids can’t walk. None of the other kids stood up for us. We’ve been friends with them for years and no one stood up for us,” said Jake.
Jake’s friend Connor says he’s one of hundreds who participated. Connor just didn’t get caught.
“I don’t want to risk myself and my walk. That’s a big moment in my life,” said Connor.
In a statement from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, officials say student were specially warned in an announcement at the start of school Tuesday about pranks. Bowers explained, “Spraying shaving cream on school property is crossing the line and deemed inappropriate.” The principal goes on to say, “Anyone who participates in inappropriate behavior would be suspended and prohibited from commencement.”
“Everyone was warned — everyone still did it,” said Jake.
Jake and Connor say they were late to school that morning and missed the warning.
“‘It was a fun prank — it was innocent. For three kids to be singled out. Now they feel like outcasts,” said Emily.
District leaders say the three student who are punished are the ones the principal and other teachers caught in the act. The district has offered to hold a private graduation ceremony for the three students on Sunday. So far, only one student has taken them up on the offer.
Read the full Senior Prank Statement from the Mequon-Thiensville School District.