June 8, 2006
Two senior pranks at Madison County High School have sparked a short police investigation and disrupted the day for teachers, students, and firefighters.
There are mixed feelings among students on the way the joke is being handled by the school.
The pranks which included dismantling bells, tampering with cameras, and putting thousands of crickets into the school happened on different days, and involved eight seniors including a salutatorian.
Some of the soon-to-grads will march during graduation, and some will not. Students say it's just not fair.
Students of Madison County High School say eight seniors broke into their school, and disconnected the bells, put shaving cream on surveillance cameras, sprayed fire extinguishers and released 2006 crickets.
"If they had just done the crickets, and maybe the signs with the marker-- that might have been OK, but I think you are going to far with the fire extinguisher," said Jim Earnest, a senior at Madison County High School who was not involved in the pranks.
The pranks happened over a two-week period. A senior not involved said the pranksters got inside through a locked door.
"The first one, they hadn't actually broken, and entered. They left a window, but the older group had stolen a pair of keys," added Earnest.
Students sprayed a fire extinguisher inside the school which set off smoke detectors. Firefighters arrived to check for smoke, but found a big mess which they were left to clean.
A source says some of the seniors involved will participate during graduation ceremonies, and some will not. Some people believe the pranks were wrong put think the punishment is too strict. They've made t-shirts to get their message across to the town of Madison.
"They should get to walk because they are seniors, and it's their senior graduation," said Olivia Lamar, a freshman at Madison County High School.
Others agree with the school's decision.
"They knew that with the senior prank, breaking and entering, and destroying school property; there were going to be some consequences and repercussions of their actions," said Amanda Weakley, a senior at Madison County High School.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office was investigating the pranks, but not any longer as recommended by the Madison County's Commonwealth Attorney's office.
We made several requests to the commonwealth attorney's office for a comment, but our calls were not returned.