School isn’t out for summer just yet, but with just three weeks left of their high school career, 18 seniors at Ledyard High will pay now for a Thursday morning prank.
At about 5 a.m. on Thursday, 18 students allegedly went to the track field at the school, towed a stone out of the way that was blocking the gate, and drove their cars onto the practice field.
One senior said the idea was hatched on the app SnapChat.
"We had a bunch of different ideas...like bring your pet to school day. Obviously that got shut down pretty quickly because of allergies,” said Megan Brawner.
So the seniors settled on driving over the practice field and beyond. Then all 18 cars were parked on the track.
The administration stepped in and had Ledyard police ticket each driver a $53 fine.
"No children were harmed in the performing of this prank. Thankfully. But just a series of not so good choices,” said Principal Amanda Fagan.
She said she knew they were up to something. One year, they filled her office with balloons, but this year’s prank wasn’t so funny.
"I think the lesson here really is, there's a difference between all in good fun and being aware that actions have consequences,” Fagan said.
Boulders are placed against the gate to prevent vehicles from getting onto the fields, which are heavily used throughout the year.
"After seeing the consequences, I'm happy I decided to stay away from that,” Brawner said.
"I think it's a little ridiculous but they have to do something about it...give a kid a ticket,” said Nathaniel Whipple.
There were no other punishments outside the tickets from the school district.
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