Riverside High Students Suspended For Senior Prank

Riverside High Students Suspended For Senior Prank

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RIVERSIDE, N.J. -

More than a dozen students at a Burlington County High School are in big trouble after a senior prank gone wrong.

And one student who helped organize it all is speaking out to Fox 29 about the punishment

"It was just spur of the moment. It was funny. We were being a senior, having fun and making memories. I don't regret it at all. I think it's still funny," said Trina Jones. She is one of more than a dozen students involved in a senior prank gone bad. They released balloons in the hallway between homeroom and first period at Riverside High Thursday morning.

"We bought balloons and blew them up by mouth not helium. Then we ran around the hallways and ripped them open and let them fly around," she said. But school officials did not see the humor or senior spirit in what the kids did.

They suspended more than a dozen seniors, one day home suspension and two days in school suspension. The students are also banned them coming to a senior pool party next week.

"They were all pretty upset and screaming," said Trina. Her mom got the call at work to come pick her up.

"I was ticked off," said Dawn Scalzo. She says she knew about the prank the night before.

"I was a little leery and then I'm like it's only balloons. A balloon is not going to hurt no one," said Dawn.

Parents went to the school board meeting that night hoping to convince them to reconsider disciplinary action.

"Let the punishment fit the crime. They were balloons. Balloons," said one father whose daughter was also suspended. Fox 29 tried getting a comment from the Superintendent. She refused an on camera interview and said they have a code of conduct. Meanwhile, Trina says it could have been worse.

"People could have put shaving creme in them or glitter. We could have done something really illegal and we didn't. We just chose balloons," she said. The students will still get to walk on graduation day.

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