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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:05 PM

Water balloon fight costs school its prom

HYDE PARK — Withrow High School has canceled its May 2 prom to punish students for a senior prank.

Sharon Johnson, principal of the Cincinnati public school in Hyde Park, said students used social media last month to plan a massive water balloon fight at lunch.

Staff found out about it and tried to stamp out the plan.

Johnson made two separate school-wide announcements on the day of the prank, and another in person at the start of the lunch period.

“We asked them respectfully not to do it. We talked to them about safety issues, including causing panic and kids who could get upset because they got hit or wet,” she said. Each time, she said, she warned them that prom would be canceled if they proceeded.

“I didn’t think they were going to do it. I really thought they valued their prom,” said Johnson.

But toward the end of the lunch period, one student stood up and the water fight was on.

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n2doc Feb 2013 OP
IdaBriggs Feb 2013 #1
Common Sense Party Feb 2013 #2
gcomeau Feb 2013 #3
snooper2 Feb 2013 #4
HappyMe Feb 2013 #6
bigwillq Feb 2013 #5
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #7
Brickbat Feb 2013 #8
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #9
Downwinder Feb 2013 #10
HappyMe Feb 2013 #12
oberliner Feb 2013 #11
ScreamingMeemie Feb 2013 #13
hunter Feb 2013 #14

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:07 PM

1. Whatever. If the students could plan a big prank,

hopefully they will plan a BIG party *without* the "help" of the school.

Prom isn't free, and the local vendors will probably "help" get things started.

Problem solved.

ON EDIT: Taking something away from "everyone" that "everyone" can easily re-create without your help just strikes me as foolish on the part of the administration of this school. Also, throwing out a punishment that wouldn't hit for months to stop behavior NOW -- DUMB. Not impressed.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:09 PM

2. Kids will be kids. Once the idea is accepted, they're not going to change their minds.

How about all the kids involved put in a long 8-hour Saturday building a Habitat House or some other worthy community service, and then let bygones be bygones and hold the prom anyway.

No sense punishing the kids who weren't involved.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:11 PM

3. Actions have consequences.

Went ahead and did it after THREE warnings about what would happen? They made their decision.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:12 PM

4. "causing panic and kids who could get upset because they got hit or wet"

ROFL...


Maybe if kids got to play dodgeball again they wouldn't have to resort to this

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:19 PM

6. But, but....they were

water balloons!!11 Everyone knows that they are the gateway something leading to something else!



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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:14 PM

5. The punishment is not fair

since it punishes people who were not involved in the incident.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:19 PM

7. Based on the story...

There were 175 students involved. Based on a senior class of about 200 (750 total enrollment at the school), I'd say that level of participation warrants a group punishment.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:28 PM

8. Sounds like they gave the kids a chance to do the right thing, and the kids blew it.

If a kid slips and twists and ankle, the school is in trouble. Also, who was supposed to clean up the mess? If they were going to leave it for the lunch room and janitorial staff, that's disrespectful and entitled.

The punishment works for me. Sounds like most parents were OK with it, too.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:30 PM

9. +1

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:45 PM

10. Proms are overrated.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:03 PM

12. I think so.

The kids just saved their parents a ton of money.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:01 PM

11. Sounds reasonable

Actions should have consequences. Especially at school.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:05 PM

13. Bummer dude...

...or whatever it is kids say these days.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:28 PM

14. This would be an awesome school tradition...

... a giant water balloon fight instead of a prom.


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