Best High School Prank

This is slightly old news, but since it happened in my kid's school district - and is such an awesome, fairly harmless, prank - I needed to share.

On August 24th, the Hilliard school district's 2 High Schools, Darby and Davidson, met for the first time on the football field. It was to be a big game and was held at the local pro-soccer team's stadium.

Inspired by a similar prank pulled by Yale students over rival Harvard, Davidson senior Kyle Garchar set up the prank in this video, achieving better success than the college students at Yale did in 2004. He spent 20 hours planning it and the results are hilarious.

He paid for it, though, according to the Columbus Dispatch, Davidson's principal gave him a 3 day in school suspension and barred him from school activities for a semester. That's pretty harsh, in my view, for a prank that was pretty harmless. I suppose the language was a bit harsh ("We Stink" would have been kinder, but a little harder to pull off), but other than emarassment and bruised feelings, what harm was done? The principal said they expected good sportsmanship. Fair enough, and punishment is appropriate, but that's over the top for what amounts to a good practical joke in my view.

Watch and enjoy. Oh, and Darby had the last laugh, beating Davidson 21-10, breaking Davidson's 15 game winning streak.

2 Comments

The only harm that I see is that the young folks who work rather hard to be the best that they can be were slammed. I do cheer for OSU and they once booed their own band off the field. Now that's harsh. (OSU=Oklahoma State)

The big harm I see is that it took a big lie to do it. He uses their logo, says he's part of their prep club and tells them it's going to say something different. If he could have done it without lying and said something encouraging towards his team instead of discouraging the opponent I think then it would've been ok.



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