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About 100 students suspended for Blue Valley Northwest senior prank

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A senior prank has left about 100 students suspended by the Blue Valley School District.

The district said about 100 students were caught using the Blue Valley Northwest indoor pool Thursday. The senior class has altogether about 425 students.

Those students were suspended for the remainder of Thursday and will be suspended on Friday. A district spokeswoman said suspended students can return to class on Monday.

The suspended include underclassmen.

Students stripped off their regular clothes and stripped down to swimsuits underneath. They then plunged into the pool where they cavorted.

But that joy quickly changed. Suspended students missing tests and other assignments will get zeros, which could have big consequences.

Some of the suspended seniors joked on KCTV5's website and Facebook page that the suspension brought a welcome three-day-weekend and was hardly punishment. But other students and their parents disagree.

"It's a vacation for the seniors because most of them have already checked out but like for me and my friends, we're missing class," sophomore David Gressgott said. "I have a test tomorrow that I'm going to be missing and might not be able to make up."

One parent was upset because she said her son was suspended for watching it and recording the antics even though he didn't leap into the pool.

The district said a student was able to get the other students into the pool area by gaining access through a broken window.

A school resource officer stopped the students from leaving the pool area.

The district issued the following statement.

"Blue Valley Northwest has great students, but sometimes even great students make poor decisions and consequences result. Earlier today several students broke a window and approximately 100 students gained access to a locked area and entered the pool after administration advised them not to and emphasized that there would be consequences if they did. All students involved were given a day and a half of out of school suspension. Based on the fact that students broke into a locked area, the district feels that the resultant actions are appropriate."

Gressgott described what happened.

"We all ran down there during a passing period," he said. "And we saw everyone gathering and we were all like what's the big commotion and then we see the door open, so we go in the pool and we see all the seniors jumping in, running around and having a good time."

He said he missed his next class, which he would have made if the resource officer hadn't made everyone stay put.

Gressgott's mom says what's appropriate should depend on what each kid did, and looking on is hardly akin to breaking in.

"I don't think it's fair that underclassmen that were watching and not participating got suspended for simply watching a senior prank," said Susan Gressgott.

Her son said he's never heard of suspension for previous senior pranks, like letting chickens loose in the cafeteria. Then again, those pranks were done secretly, and as far as he knew, no one was caught.

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