Some Woodlands HS students originally banned from graduation allowed to walk

Students and parents say the reversal of the school’s decision came as a great relief.

News 12 Staff

Jun 23, 2023, 9:44 PM

Updated 329 days ago

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Some high school students were allowed to participate in their graduation ceremony after the district said they were not allowed because of a senior prank.
On June 12, dozens of students entered Woodlands High School at around 8:30 p.m. to take part in an event referred to as “senior prank night."
Students say faculty provided them with rules about what was and was not permitted for the event.
The prank allegedly took a turn, with some students vandalizing parts of the building, throwing eggs and doing around $10,000 in damage.
Parents and students later took to a Board of Education meeting to express their frustration. Some of the students, while admitting to being present for the prank, insisted they did not cause any of the damage.
The district went on to modify its decision and allowed some students who did not damage property to participate in graduation.
It is unclear how many of the original 30 students were ultimately allowed to walk. The school says they cannot provide the number due to legal restrictions.
Students and parents say the reversal of the school’s decision came as a great relief.
“All positive,” said mother Vancy Thorp. “It worked out well and that's all that matters.”


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