Public Opinion: A Case Study on the Teaneck High School Senior Prank

Some of you may or may not may not know, but couple weeks ago several seniors from Teaneck High School in New Jersey pulled a prank, or as some considered vandalism because of the nature of the act, that landed 63 students in trouble (northjersey.com). The students allegedly broke in to the high school during the the wee hours before school and “broke chairs and desks, scrawled graffiti and smeared petroleum jelly on doorknobs, (allegedly) urinated on floors and scattered balloons…” (northjersey.com). According to This damage cost the school 970 dollars to clean up. The custodians, however, were in dismay that the some of the facts in reports of the extensive damage were wrong. In fact, they did not find any urine; thus, the custodians told the school that they wanted to donate their custodial services during the prank’s aftermath, rather than be paid for the time and making the students pay for the bill (nj.com).

Some are infuriated by the thought of letting the students get away with what they have done by having them not pay for the damage. According to a poll administered by (nj.com) 89.74% of people who answered the poll believe that the students should pay for the damage. That is 15.40 dollars for each individual student involved. Others who held protests against the charges and the paying of the damages think the charges (and if they get convicted of the charges–which they most likely will) would hurt the students chances of college because they will have a criminal record. Here is my take, I think that the students should pay the damage and settle out of court (hoping that the charges will be dropped) before they get convicted (guilty) of these charges and have a criminal record (if they go to court). It’s a win win– kind of. The student learned their lesson by paying back the damage done and the students by admitting their wrong doing they won’t have a criminal record.      

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