Who was the "joke" on last week?
These are two stories which were completely unrelated...but happened just a few days apart.
WTAP was the first to report last Monday about the uproar over the "senior prank" at Wirt County High School. If somehow you missed it, some seniors, apparently with the knowledge of their parents, used the cars they were driving (most of which were licensed to their parents) to block the entrances to the high school. The high school's reaction was to have the vehicles towed, and the students cited. A car wash held less than 24 hours later reportedly raised enough money to cover those fines (and, according to its organizers, attracted as customers both the sheriff and the tow truck operator involved in the "punishment" of the students).
First, my opinion on such activities: I'm not in favor of...and never participated in...any "senior pranks". If their intended purpose is to celebrate the approaching end of their high school years, I guess getting my diploma was satisfaction enough for that. Besides, for most of those students (including me when I was in high school), its not really an ending but a beginning of the next step in their education...namely college.
Still, I'm inclined to believe the school's reaction was an overreaction. Yeah, some people were inconvienced by the blocked entrances, but no one was hurt, and there was no damage that anyone has reported to school property. A simple "O.K., you've had your fun, now get your cars out of there"...possibly with a suggestion they might be towed...I think would have been sufficient.
The day after we reported that story, news came of a bomb scare at Washington State Community College in Marietta, probably the first of its kind at least since the former Washington Technical College moved to its Colegate Drive location around 1990. While it always could be the real thing, once again, fortunately, it was a hoax.
The person who called in the eventual hoax was a man who told police it was all, in his words, "a bad joke". To say the least.
While the individual will, no doubt, be prosecuted for his actions, he ought to be thankful he didn't call in the fake bomb in to Wirt County Schools.