A senior’s runaway prank caused thousands of damage at a Texas high school

FRISCO, Texas (KXAN) — A high school in Texas was forced to end its school year two days early after a prank passed for seniors “quickly returned” caused thousands of dollars in building damage.

Wednesday night’s incident occurred at Memorial High School in the Frisco Independent School District.

In a letter to parents and staff, the school explained that a group of students had been approved to put sticky notes on the walls around the building as part of a prank. Staff members were at the school to monitor the students, “but the situation moved quickly,” the school said. Both Frisco police and fire departments got involved.

The school estimates damage to the building “in the thousands of dollars.” Paint smeared walls, furniture was destroyed and fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the building, among other damage and vandalism, the school said.

“All surfaces on the 300,000-square-foot campus must be cleaned, including walls, ceilings, and floors,” a letter to parents said.

The school said police and the district are working to identify the students involved in the vandalism, and the district “intends to prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.” Students are also expected to cover cleaning costs.

Due to damage to the building and indoor air quality, the school was closed on Thursday and Friday, parents were informed. Friday was the last day of school for the entire district, meaning this closure effectively ended the school year early for only the high school, the Frisco Independent School District said.

Both Thursday and Friday were half days for high school students. Memorial High students will not make up those days.

In its letter to parents, the school said students and staff will be able to pick up their personal belongings at a later date.

One of the letters school administrators sent to parents on Thursday can be read below, in full:

Students, parents and staff,

First, thank you to everyone who has reached out and volunteered to help with the campus cleanup. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work through this incident. I want to take a moment to send an update on the situation that occurred on our campus last night. Frisco ISD is working with the Frisco Police Department to investigate the parties involved in the vandalism.

A group of Memorial High School students were approved to use sticky notes on the walls to decorate and post messages around campus as part of their senior prank last night. Staff members were on site to monitor the students, but the situation quickly escalated and Frisco police and fire departments became involved. A small group of those students trashed the campus to the point that classes cannot be held at MHS for the rest of the week.

I want to make it clear that campus and District staff are working with law enforcement to identify all individuals involved in the vandalism. Disciplinary action will be applied and Frisco ISD intends to prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

Damage is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars and includes paint on the walls, destruction of furniture, discharged fire extinguishers throughout the campus and more. Every surface on the 300,000-square-foot campus must be cleaned, including walls, ceilings and floors. Frisco ISD will hold students responsible for costs associated with cleanup.

We are currently determining a plan for parents, students, and staff to pick up personal belongings that are still on campus. We will send you a communication about times and dates for pick up sometime in the next week.

To be honest,

MHS Administration

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