Graduating students end up in jail over high school senior prank

May 26th, 2011 by Staff

LARGO, Fla. - Six graduating students broke into Osceola High School to pull a senior year prank, and wound up in jail, Pinellas Sheriff’s deputies said.

The six students were at the top of their graduating class and had been honored at an awards ceremony Tuesday night, according to the mother of one of the suspects. “They’re all good kids. They were in my backyard making a bonfire,” said Natalie Comerford. “The next thing I know, police are knocking on my door.”

Comerford says she met with deputies and school officials and learned her 18-year-old daughter Shelby was being charged with trespassing, was suspended from school, and may not be able to graduate with her class. “They were doing a senior prank and they, you know, made a bad choice,” said Comerford.

According to deputies and arrest reports, the teens decided to fill 4,000 styrofoam cups with water and write out the year “2011″ with the cups on the floor of the school building. There is no indication in the reports how the students managed to get into the school after midnight.

A burglar alarm went off. “At least ten deputies responded as well as several canine deputies and the helicopter as well. We set up a perimeter, believing the school was being broken into,” said sheriff’s sergeant Tom Nestor.

“I guess they didn’t understand the ramifications, the seriousness of it,” said Comerford. “They do now.”

One Response

  1. Doe Deer

    Ten deputies and a few k9 units with a helicopter. I would expect that response for the pursuit of an axe murderer not a burglar alarm the state cuts education so much what would there be to steal anyways?

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