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South Brunswick: High School Principal Warns Seniors Against ‘Hanky Pranky’

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – After getting wind that some senior “pranks” may be in the offing, South Brunswick High School Principal Peter Varela sent a letter to parents on Friday saying they would not be tolerated.

“Yesterday afternoon, we received information regarding a number of senior pranks that students were planning to do at school over the next few weeks,” Varela’s letter said. “We were also able to view an online website that some of our seniors were utilizing to discuss ideas about pranks and organizing plans.”

According to the letter, some of the plans could disrupt the school day and could potentially damage school property or cause injury “to staff and students.”

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When reached by phone Friday afternoon, Varela did not detail the types of pranks mentioned on the website or say how they could be damaging.

“Any pranks that disrupt the order of our building, are just not acceptable,” Varela said. “Any prank that would do anything like that would be unacceptable.”

In the letter, Varela told senior parents that he made an announcement to the student body, warning them of the consequences such actions could warrant, including financial and disciplinary punishments as well as losing the right to attend proms or graduation.

He said the police could also be involved.

“As a school, we need your assistance with addressing your children,” he said in the letter. “We take safety and order seriously and would not want some students to make poor choices that would jeopardize others. At this time of the year, seniors should be focused on completing high school with their thoughts directed to college, work and other endeavors.” 

“As senior parents, this should be a time that everyone is looking forward to with upcoming proms, senior society, award assemblies, and graduation,” the letter continued. “Unfortunately, there are a number of senior students who would like to see our school day interrupted and it is not fair to the larger school community.”

Varela concluded the letter by asking parents to speak with their students and let them know the ramifications of their potential actions.

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