Many of us would prefer to forget high school ever happened. The years between the ages of 14 and 18 tend to be awkward, uncomfortable, and sometimes embarrassing for everyone. (Oh, and did we mention that teenagers smell? Yes. They do.)
High school is also full of pranksters, which is another indication that high school is a cruel and sick joke. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes painful, sometimes downright awful, these stories are examples of pranks that went a bit too far.
Kid decided to post on facebook that he was going to shoot up the school then not show up the next day.
The lockdown lasted six hours past the final bell until they found this kid.
So the senior class two years ahead of me forked the lawn in front of the school. A classic right? Well...they took it a bit further.
Instead of buying plastic forks in bulk, the seniors, for their whole school year, methodically pocketed the metal silverware from lunch and breakfast. Not every piece every time but just enough that the lunch staff would think it was accidental loss.
(We have a small class size so kids would buss their own trays by dumping the scraps into big trash cans and sometimes people would forget to take their silverware off first and they'd get lost. We had regular announcements at lunch reminding us to make sure we didn't throw away the utensils.)
So in this massive conspiracy that only they knew about, they collected hundreds of metal utensils. The night before their last day of classes they snuck into the school grounds and methodically stuck hundreds of forks, knives, and spoons into the grass a foot apart each.
To make it worse, one of the two custodians had recently been fired and the remaining custodian was an older guy who was perfectly kind and in an ideal world should have retired sooner. He had to pick them all up by himself. I heard one of the teachers came in early and helped him a little bit, and saw the custodian had tears falling down his cheeks.
A group of kids staged a kidnapping one time.
They borrowed a van and drove in front of a busy shopping center. One guy, pretending to escape, jumped out the trunk all wrapped up in duct tape. To the horror of all the bystanders, the van stopped, two kids ran out and recaptured the escapee and drove off.
Cops had to go to their homes when the van was identified and they had a lot of clearing up to do.
We had a big boulder in front of the school that was always painted by different teams or clubs that had something special going on. Generally just a school spirit boulder. The seniors of the class below me decided to try and move it to a certain teachers parking spot by looping a chain around it and dragging it there.
The boulder just crumbled. They put the pieces in the teachers spot though.
Everyone was pissed about the destruction of the boulder.
At my high school when I was a freshman a group of seniors had broken into the school the night before with hundreds of bottles of lube to grease up all the stair cases in the school. Like 15 kids went to the hospital. One kid cracked his head open and had to be rushed to the ER.
Dude in my school had a crummy old car that the lock was broken and could easily be put in neutral and pushed around. The steering still locked, so mostly kids would push it into a parking space ahead or behind of it. one day they pushed it and it got away from them and it damaged a teachers car. The kids owned up to it, but considering the owner was so sick of his car being messed with he called the police. Turns out moving a car a few meters is considered vehicle theft around here and three kids were charged and expelled.
Someone let a greased pig loose in the school. It basically ran around and was pretty funny. Teachers did try to catch him, but basically they opened doors and figured the pig would run outside.
The janitor went caveman and killed the pig with a broken broom handle. Blood all over the floor.
Janitor was fired that day.
At high school, someone in my year group decided it would be a funny idea to run and tackle a bin that was leaning on a pole.
He then pretended to be unconscious and as the group of students watched on, rumors started to go around that he jumped off the second story walkway and tackled the pole in the air and then fell towards the ground.
He continued to pretend to be unconscious and as soon as the Ambulance arrived to check on his injuries, he suddenly jumped up and ran off into the distance and out of the school.
A couple of underclassmen crashed a wholesome senior prank and ruined it. The original prank was spray painting the graduating class year all over the building in washable paint, but these kids came by after they were done and did swears and slurs. The graduating class almost didn't walk until parents kept complaining that their kid(s) wasn't at fault. They ended up having to do whatever they did to cover up the writings and there was still a pillar with a dick on it for a few weeks after.
Seniors in my high school locked all the exits with bike locks and pulled the fire alarm. They were charged.
In senior year, my genius classmates thought it would be a good idea to take all the books out of the library and make a giant book mountain. Needless to say, we spent around 7 hours learning the dewey decimal system.
I was livid when the administration forced our whole class to re-sort the books even though it was like three idiots who made the whole mess.
I wouldn't call this a prank but a kid once wrote the name of another kid in his own sh*t on the toilet wall. This was a fate worse than death for the unsuspecting victim, cries of derision could be heard throughout the building, malicious rumors were spread for weeks. The poor kid was subjected to a social death sentence, a dead man walking. It wasn't until a fateful rainy Thursday afternoon, after PE, that the wrongly accused was exonerated when the real sh*tasso fell victim to his own hubris and was caught brown handed in the act of fecal graffiti.
My HS was quite large and was a campus with many buildings and in my junior year a senior drove though campus ripping wheelies on his dirt bike wearing only a jockstrap. That got the administrators up in arms.
During every winter, this giant flock of seagulls would always show up at my high school and hang out around campus until spring time. The majority of students ate lunch outside in this huge central courtyard. The seagulls were so annoying and constantly hovering and pretty much begging for food. It was also common to get your food stolen by one if you weren't looking. One day a fellow student had some string in his backpack. So we took 6ft or so piece of string, tied a bite sized piece of pizza to one end, and an empty 20oz soda bottle to the other. We then proceeded to throw the contraption into a group of seagulls. We never thought they'd fall for it. One seagull swallowed the pizza and started to fly across campus with the string and bottle floating behind him, hanging from his beak. The rest of the seagulls freaked out and we're flying behind him as if they were chasing him. The funniest part was that a random female student looked up, saw what she believed to be a floating empty soda bottle, and screamed in horror "OMG that bottle is floating." The seagull then vomited up the pizza string contraption and went about his life unharmed. We felt really bad after that and decided not to prank the seagulls anymore.
Continued: A few days later some younger kids (freshman) tried to mimic our little prank. Except it all went wrong for them. A seagull fell for the bait, but ended up getting caught in a tree. The freshman then started to panic, fearing they'd be in trouble if caught, and had to boost each other up to free the seagull from the tree. The seagull was fine and flew away but after that, the pranking of seagulls came to an official end.
For a senior prank at my HS, a group of kids stole a ton (if not all--I can't remember) of the bathroom stall doors. While the administration was trying to figure out who did it/how to replace all the missing doors, they had makeshift plywood doors installed. They eventually caught the kids who did it and formally charged them with theft and a few other things. It was pretty genius, though: to pay the legal fees, the kids got a shitload of t-shirts printed with the phrase "I Prefer the Plywood" and most of the school bought them in solidarity. So, all in all, a kind of heartwarming ending to a too-far situation.
Some seniors came in at night and moved all the desks and whiteboards so that the classrooms were now set up outside. School was outside the next day.
The school made them clean up after school.
They repeated the same prank five more times.
Not high school but middle school, wasn't there for it as it was a different set of classes/teachers than mine however I grew up with the kid who did it so I got the full scoop afterwards. He for some reason thought it would be funny to put hand lotion in a teachers drink and she got mega sick from it. Pressed charges and stuff afterwards since she had to go to the hospital for basically being poisoned. I have no clue who or what made him think it was funny but a bit too far if you ask me.
They threw water balloons from the top of the hall during an assembly (there's an above area which seniors can sit in, and it looks down on the other years) I just remember all star started playing and watching as the student reps came off the stage and pulled some water pistols out and started shooting the kids at the front, who happened to be all the disabled kids and refugees. The water bombs then started raining down and I could see the refugee kids (who all sit together at the from because they're in an English as a second language class) start hiding under their seats. Must've been traumatising. Someone's phone got smashed. And the punishment? Everyone has to clean up then go home early. On the last day. How awful...
Someone let a goose in one of the halls. It eventually got into a room after attacking a bunch of people, and a bunch of staff had to grab it and carry it out while it was biting and honking angrily.
A kid rode a motorcycle down the hallway of the school. During the school day. And it was a K-12 school, and he rode it down the elementary school hall.
He was criminally charged and lost a sports scholarship to an American university.