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Disciplinary action had not been decided as of press time Tuesday for students involved in a food-fight prank by some seniors that resulted in damage to cafeteria ceiling tiles at Wilson Central High School this past Friday.

Officials at Wilson County Schools Central Office said they could not comment on possible punishment facing the students as no decision had been made yet. It was possible that the students involved may not be allowed to walk the line with their fellow students during graduation ceremonies to be held Saturday, May 31, at Belmont University in Nashville.

In the meantime, four 18-year-old students and four juveniles have been charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct for the damage that occurred during the incident, said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. He added that authorities are still reviewing the surveillance footage from the school and that more charges could follow.

“We issued misdemeanor citations and released them to their parents. They will have a court date sometime next month,” he said.

Bryan continued that the food fight prank was initiated by 8 to 10 senior students and that it is not a reflection of Wilson Central High School. “They are the ones who started it, and for the most part the rest of the students didn’t get involved.”

In order to prevent any more misconduct during the final days of the 2013-2014 school-year, Bryan said an addition patrolmen will be near the school to “keep an eye out.”

A number of students at Mt. Juliet High School were suspended for this past Friday’s Field Day after they laid down in the hallway at the school as a senior prank. That incident occurred on Thursday.

Some 30 students wore their pajamas and stretched out in the hallway for they called a “Senior Snuggle.” A few students brought blankets and pillows and teddy bears.

School officials deemed the prank a safety issue because the students blocked the hallway along with the school’s elevator which made it difficult for anyone else to pass through the area.

The majority of the students involved were seniors who are to graduate also on May 31. They will still be allowed to graduate.

In the early 2000s, approximately 30 MJHS students were not allowed to graduate with their senior class because of their involvement in a prank that cost thousands of dollars in damage at the old high school on Mt. Juliet Road.

Damage included driving vehicles on the football field and writing vulgar comments on the walls regarding the principal at that time, among other things.

No charges were filed in that incident. A separate graduation ceremony for the students was organized by their parents and held at Hermitage United Methodist Church.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

Editor Jennifer Horton contributed to this article and may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.    

 

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