If the first five weeks of high school this year are any indication, mischief is on the rise. Forget the more serious bomb threats in Greendale, Menomonee Falls and Racine; the goofiness has taken hold all over southeastern Wisconsin:
- Brookfield Central seniors blocked a stairwell during a passing period in a homecoming week prank. The blockade dispersed before administrators arrived.
- A Hamilton High School student sprinted onto the football field before the game with Menomonee Falls, planted a flag at midfield, made an obscene gesture and fled. He was hit with a $459 disorderly conduct citation and disciplined at school.
- Another football stunt occurred Thursday night when a streaker sprinted across the field at Waukesha West during halftime, choosing to run in front of younger girls performing a dance routine. The 15-year-old student was given three municipal citations and faces parental and school discipline. His getaway driver also faces a citation and discipline.
- On Friday night, two streakers ran across the field at Brookfield Central's homecoming game. Unlike Waukesha, they wore underwear. One got away; one did not and was cuffed and cited for municipal disorderly conduct.
- Some Nicolet High School students chose their own homecoming dressup theme, “Lacrosse Bros and Preppy Hoes,” causing administrators to require some changes in outfits but leading to no punishment.
What's the right reaction to pranks such as these? Should students face serious consequences, or is a "let kids be kids" attitude best? Vote in our poll and then discuss your experiences in our comments section.