Did you ever pull pranks on your high school principal? Did you fill the hallway with obstructions, let loose animals or insects, rearrange tables, chairs, or desks, or maybe even decorate the outside of the school with odd or inappropriate decorations?
Pulling a senior class prank is a tradition that has been going on for a long time. The idea of getting one parting shot at the principal of the school before graduating and moving on to better things — apparently — is something that tickles one’s fancy. I guess the senior class wants to “leave a legacy” and be remembered by those behind them.
When I was in high school, the best “prank” my class could pull was actually graduating when the principal probably thought we couldn’t — or wouldn’t.
But in the midst of all the decoration and light vandalism, there’s one “prank” that stands out the most to me, and that’s one of unexpected kindness.
According to CNN, a Wichita student requested her principal stand in the hallway while holding a bucket. The principal, understandably, was hesitant about doing so, considering there could have been any number of unsettling pranks pulled on him.
But he eventually agreed to do so, which prompted a line of students to walk by and drop a note of thanks and praise into the bucket.
“Became a little emotional on some of them,” Wichita high school Principal Sherman Padgett said, “I kind of read them and thought, ‘man, this is better than a paycheck. This is why I do the things that I do.'”