Weeki Wachee High senior pranks go too far


WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Weeki Wachee High School students are accused of vandalizing the school in a series of senior pranks.

While video shows toilet paper strewn around the school and outdoor furniture stacked high with a trash can on top, 8 On Your Side has learned students vandalized the school in more serious ways.

A senior involved in some of the pranks told News Channel 8 those who took part in the more serious acts are facing consequences. She insists she received permission for the tame pranks, but other seniors decided to deviate from the plan.

A Weeki Wachee student, who News Channel 8 is not naming, said the senior pranksters filled balloons with glitter and itching powder, put Icy Hot on toilet seats, sprayed deer urine on theater curtains and the show’s props, and put lube in the bathroom soap dispensers.

“I was so disappointed, especially as a theater kid, to hear the destruction to something that we take so seriously and work so hard to make so great,” Paris Seaver, a student at another school, said.

Seaver knows several actors in this weekend’s performance of the musical “Mary Poppins” at Weeki Wachee.

Seaver’s mother, a registered nurse, worries about reports of allergic reactions. “You can risk your entire future by making a decision like this at 17, that caused harm to another person,” Danielle Baumstark said.

Seaver has a message for seniors considering pranks. “They should be a little bit more responsible and realize, take into consideration the actions that they have,” she said.

A Hernando County School District spokesperson said the damage to the curtain is not permanent and is being cleaned. Karen Jordan would not answer questions about the punishment those responsible may be facing.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.


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