Senior pranks: the principal's take

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From trash can fires to quirky car schemes, senior pranks can be staples in high school memories. This year, West’s halls were not graced with the one, leaving Titans wondering, why?

School Principal Dr. David Sharp said he made sure there wouldn’t be one when he spoke to the senior class at their meeting. He said his main hope was that students would “do it to each other, don’t do it to the school.”

Sharp said there is a time and a place for such comedy, but he is not okay with vandalism or injury to others. The principal even said, “if we can prove something that broke the law, the students involved would not be able to walk at graduation.”

Furthermore, even though students would miss out on the culmination of their time as a high schooler, they still get there diploma, Sharp said. “If they’ve satisfied their requirements, there is nothing we can do.”

The school instills 24 hour security the last week of school to protect it from anything serious.

As for Sharp, he joined in on a senior prank as a graduate of LSHS, “the entire senior class lined up Noland Rd. and everyone drove through the lot in a line.”

Sharp said he has chuckled at students’ attempts in the past. “No harm, no foul.”

West principal Dr. David Sharp strolls in to the John Knox Pavillion during prom. Photo by Christine Betts
West principal Dr. David Sharp strolls in to the John Knox Pavillion during prom. Photo by Christine Betts

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