APTOS — An apparent senior prank at Aptos High School early Friday morning ended when Principal Casey O’Brien canceled the school’s homecoming dance, scheduled for Friday night.
In an email to parents Friday afternoon, O’Brien said that a group of students entered campus at about 3 a.m., pulled a fire alarm, spread salad dressing on doors, windows and railings and put glue into door locks.
O’Brien said that custodians spent time cleaning up from the vandalism, which prevented them from setting up for and cleaning up after the dance.
“Our apologies go out to students who were not involved and/or who may have planned or purchased outfits for the dance, etc.,” O’Brien stated. “We hope that this sends a strong message to all students regarding decision making in relationship to this specific incident but also to other similar incidents on campus or at school events.”
Students said that O’Brien made several announcements over the campus loudspeakers Friday, saying that a group of about 40 students participated in the caper.
There was an unconfirmed report that 11 students confessed to the vandalism.
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