Ashland High suspends students over 'prank'

Sixteen Ashland High School students were suspended after the school's annual "senior prank" apparently escaped the bounds of the law early Monday.

A group of students illegally entered the humanities building on Mountain Street in the early morning hours Monday and moved all the furniture on the third floor into the high school's central quad, according to an intercom announcement by Principal Jeff Schlecht this morning. One student also spray painted "Class of 09" in green on the building's exterior on the second floor, he said.

Ashland police are investigating the incident, and Superintendent Juli Di Chiro said this afternoon that criminal charges are possible for two of the 16 students who were suspended.

She said she could not say how long the students would be out of class, but students on the campus today said the suspensions were for one day.

Schlecht could not be reached this afternoon.

In his announcement to students over the school's intercom this morning, Schlecht said he was saddened to see that the prank had involved possibly illegal activity.

Past pranks have included putting Christmas trees in the central quad, and last year, seniors hauled bales of hay and chickens into the quad.

"Bales of hay and Christmas trees are harmless; those are the best ones when everyone, even the teachers, say, 'All right, that was pretty good,' " said Ashland High senior Taylor Hartrick. "But when you think they had to break into the school for a prank, that went too far."

— Paris Achen

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