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Mt. Juliet H.S. Suspends Seniors for Lay Down Prank -- Mikayla Lewis

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MOUNT JULIET, Tenn.-- Dozens of Mt. Juliet High School seniors were suspended today, after participating in a senior prank this morning.

Senior, Hunter Hinshaw says, " Take a nap, and it was just supposed to be funny."
 
It is not a laughing matter now. Hunter Hinshaw say he and his classmates only laid down for a few minutes.

Hunter Hinshaw says, " When administration came we got up and left without a problem and it was quite a surprise to see how severe the punishment was."
 
Hinshaw says the school suspended him and about 30 other students for participating in the prank. Hinshaw says it was something they tried to avoid with planning ahead.

Hunter Hinshaw says, " We were not wanting to do anything that jeopardized the hardwork we've done the last four years. We wanted to have something to do that was fun, but something that wasn't going to get us in trouble. We really went to great lengths to make sure what we did was not against the rules."

Hinshaw's mother, Lisa says the prank was harmless.

Lisa Hinshaw says, " They're good kids they just want to have a little fun."

The fun is taking away her son's field day, and possibly  his Tennessee Scholar title. Despite her son's perfect attendance the last two years, and high performing grades...Hunter Hinshaw will not get the advantage of skipping some of his finals now.  Hinshaw's mother says the school told her the principal is trying to send a message that prank are not allowed.

Lisa Hinshaw says, " But yet they didn't communicate that to the students. I did ask the administrator straight forward were the students informed if you participated in a senior prank you will be suspended from school and she said not to her knowledge."  

Lisa Hinshaw says that one of the school's assistant principals told her that her son and the other students violated  2-2: Disturbance of classroom and campus here in the student handbook.

Hinshaw says administrators used a camera, teachers and word-of-mouth to identify students involved. A handful of students who did participate did not get in trouble.

Lisa Hinshaw says, "  every student should receive the same punishment."

Hinshaw says she is meeting with the school principal tomorrow .

Lisa Hinshaw says, "We've been so pleased with our kids education here in Wilson County, and this is the first time ever we've been disappointed with the way a situation has been handled."

The Wilson County Schools, interim director Mary Ann Sparks released this statement to Fox 17: "Approximately 9:30 this morning, around 25- 30 students at Mt. Juliet High School donned pajamas and lay down in the hallway with additional props such as pillows, blankets and stuffed animals.  Earlier in the morning, when pajamas had been initially spotted, Mr. Brown made an announcement that students were not to wear pajamas in school.   The area the students selected to stage the "sleep-in" blocked not only the hallway, but also the elevator of the three story building. Pedestrian traffic in the high school of 1,960 students was nearly halted.  Teachers who float on carts within the building  were stopped.  This incident created a disturbance and disruption of the school as well as creating a safety hazard for those trying to step over the students.

Upon investigation, the students involved were put out of school for tomorrow, May 23, which is Senior Field Day.  The majority of the students involved in this activity were seniors who are slated to graduate on May 31. The consequences for this violation will not prevent them from taking exams or participating in graduation."



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