Faculty pranks have been round for so long as they’ve been facilities of schooling.
In 1991, a few of my classmates piled manure in entrance of Addison Excessive Faculty on a moist Might morning, blocking the primary highway. A couple of years in the past, a bunch of aged individuals took a Volkswagen Beetle aside, ran from the hearth escape to the roof, and put it again collectively.
In November 1914, a small group of scholars at Adrian Excessive Faculty defaced the district calendar by piling objects contained in the classroom door in an try to stop entry. The same incident occurred in Hudson in the identical month.
District officers weren’t amused by the efficiency at Adrian Faculty.
On the night time earlier than Thanksgiving, on November 25, the highschool was entered and books, papers and notes had been “piled up” within the meeting halls. This in itself is just not the most important drawback, faculty officers mentioned.
“Every desk (desk) was emptied and its contents thrown into an inseparable mass,” the Telegram reported of the chaos that unfolded on Nov. 30 earlier than college students and employees returned from Thanksgiving break.
Superintendent CW Mickens’ workplace was additionally packed, and after some calculations, Chief C.N. Griffey estimated that about $100 value of injury was completed throughout the incident, together with some books torn up.
It took little time to find out who was answerable for what was described as nothing greater than vandalism. The Board of Schooling met on December 1 and voted to droop the scholars concerned for one month and effective them. Non-students had been additionally responsible and the district voted to take authorized motion towards them.
Nonetheless, after a number of days, he determined to punish the youngsters residing outdoors the district for his or her actions. One of many boys wrote to Mickens apologizing, saying he regretted “his destruction.”
This incident wouldn’t be the final incident within the district. On June 11, 1917, there was one other incident of amassing books in the highschool. Final weekend, the convention room was chosen, and tons of of books had been faraway from the tables and piled on the instructing platform in entrance of the room.
“This morning, Principal Reed had an enormous project, and he got here to the constructing early and began sorting by the varied textbooks,” the Telegram reported that day. “He was nearly completed together with his work earlier than the primary hour of classes was referred to as, however not one of the books had been broken, so the ‘brilliant trick’ didn’t stop him from learning.”
Dan Cherry is the Lenawee County Historian.