Seniors involved in the food fight prank that occurred Friday, May 23 at Wilson Central High School will miss out on a milestone this weekend.
WCHS Principal Pat Suddarth told The Wilson Post that the students involved will not be allowed to walk the graduation line or even attend graduation at Belmont University in Nashville on Saturday.
“They will receive diplomas at a later date,” she said.
Eight students, two adults and two juveniles, have been charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct for the damage done in the school cafeteria so far. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said they are still reviewing the surveillance footage from the school and that additional charges could be added.
The students will have a court date sometime next month, he added.
Bryan told The Post 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.”
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.
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