Thanks to pranksters at Hancock Central High School in Sparta, this Saturday’s graduation ceremony has tentatively been canceled, school system officials said.
Awanna L. Leslie, superintendent for Hancock County schools, said today that the ceremony has been scuttled for now, but she didn’t rule out the possibility of changing course, pending the results of a campus police investigation into a series of pranks that took place Friday near the end of the school day.
An unknown number of students poured baby oil and flour down a hallway at the high school. In addition, some students released mice and crickets into the school.
Leslie said at least one employee and one or two students slipped because of the oil, and the employee suffered an undisclosed injury. Leslie said she couldn’t give any more details about the employee, citing worker’s compensation regulations.
“We’re going through a major investigation,” Leslie said. “Parents are very upset but are supporting us to find the culprits.”
Leslie noted the current senior class is one of the most successful academically in the school’s history. Ninety percent of the students passed their coursework in science, social studies, math and English, the first time the school had achieved that distinction.
“These are very intelligent kids,” she said. “But these children did not use sound judgment.”
Administrators at Hancock Central High declined to comment about the situation, referring all questions to Leslie.
Leslie said there’s still time to reinstate graduation should the investigation be completed. There are more than 100 students in the graduating class.
“I hope we can find a very good resolution,” she said. “Graduation has been organized. When the investigation is complete, there’s still time for it to be set up.”