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Senior prank keeps 38 Tri-State students from graduation ceremony

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EWING, Mo. (WGEM) - Several Highland High School seniors will not be able to walk in this Friday's graduation ceremony after a so-called "prank."

School Superintendent Jacqueline Ebeling says two students broke into the high school through the roof around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Ebeling says those students let another 36 students into the building and moved several pieces of furniture into the gym, put Vaseline on the door knobs and toilet seats, placed track hurdles into trees and damaged the marquee with a green paint.

All 38 students are seniors and will not be allowed to walk this Friday. Ebeling realizes many of the parents are upset with the punishment.

"I had parents tell me they did this because they love their school," Ebeling said. "If that's the case, I'd hate to see what they would do if they didn't (love their school)."

Ebeling is retiring at the end of the school year and after 20 years in the district, she's disappointed her tenure will end like this.

"I'm very sad for many reasons," Ebeling said. "I was looking forward to this class graduating."

"Now, there will be a cloud over it," Ebeling added.

Ebeling says no criminal charges are expected. The punishment also does not affect the students' eligibility to graduate.

A total of 50 students will walk in this weekend's graduation ceremony.
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