Senior prank day today, June 1, at Barrington High School seems to have gone off with good clean fun – no vandalism or destruction and no reports of arrests or warnings, according to several seniors and the principal.
As in years’ past, the day ended with a parade led by the marching band through the hallways and out to the 50-yard line on the football field by most of the horn-blowing and whistle-tooting senior class.
The day was mostly celebratory, said a senior who was helping to clean off lockers written on with chalk as the day wound down.
Favorite teachers were targeted for pranks by the seniors, such as the fan of newspaper-comics whose classroom windows were covered with favorite comic strips.
Another cat-loving teacher arrived to find classroom windows covered by cat pictures and an empty cage sitting in the room.
Several water balloons did explode over some freshmen, said another senior. But there was no lasting damage, nothing permanent.
Vaseline was applied to the combination locks of some lockers and on some door handles. But there was no glue or spray paint.
And the tables in the library were overturned for a short while, with several found in the hallway, said a senior. The tables were quickly righted.
Seniors also posted signs around the school asking about the teacher who disappeared in mid-year without the students being told what happened to her. All they have been told is she resigned.
There also was a large Class of 2012 flag hung in the cafeteria. And a chalk mural was sketched in the front circle. It thanked teachers and staff for four great years, a senior said.
Teachers arriving at the parking lot entrance were asked to make a contribution to the student-run American Cancer Society Relay For Life that will take place at the high school field on June 15. The seniors raised about $200 in 5s, 10s and 20s.
Most of the pranks were organized and discussed on a Facebook page with at least 80 percent of the seniors taking part. The page was set up a couple of months ago, a senior said.
Those pranks were described as “sanctioned” by the senior class.
Silly string was in abundance at the school, including it being used for one “inappropriate message” that was quickly torn down, a senior said. It was attributed to a “rogue senior.”
Dressed-down Barrington police officers roamed the hallways, but they were not conspicuous, a senior said. They did check a keg of root beer that was toted into the school.
Principal Joseph Hurley believes the officers, dressed in polo shirts and khaki pants, "made a world of difference."
"They also had the right attitude," Hurley said.
He added: "The day was in some ways quieter than usual because we were all out of the office."
Without a report from the police department, senior prank day this year seemed entirely about fun and celebration, said the seniors, unlike the last couple of years with glue in lockers and pigs running in the hallway.