We wonder how many times the sheriff's deputy in this story thought to himself, "Maybe opening the doors to the high school for dozens of kids to engage in a senior prank could go awry."
However many times it was, this deputy did not heed that voice of caution inside his head. As a result, Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee, was decorated in late April with urine, shaving cream and ketchup on the walls inside the building, where chickens and crickets were allowed to roam free and a dead animal was left behind.
The consequences: The deputy was fired, the principal suspended indefinitely, and 100 graduating students were banned from their commencement ceremony .
From The Huffington Post:
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was initially tasked with tracking down the perpetrators, but were forced to step down last week, after it was revealed that one of their own -- a school resource officer named James Fisher -- had allegedly lied to them about his whereabouts at the time of the prank.
"When the incident was first reported, Deputy Fisher gave Director Tim Blankenship and myself a false report about what happened," Sheriff Tommy Jones said in a press release. "We reviewed the schools security video and when I spoke Deputy Fisher a second time, he admitted to the false statement."
Jones said the video shows Fisher open up the school before the vandalism occurred and shows him help the students carry items into the building.
There goes the "he didn't know they were going to do that stuff" argument.
Meanwhile, Principal Gary Cole has been suspended without pay for his undefined role in the destructive senior prank.
The lack of judgment here truly is remarkable. Aren't the principal and deputy around teenagers all the time? What were they expecting?
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