Students in Jacobs prank might be allowed to participate in graduation

ALGONQUIN – Sometimes the end of the school year brings out intended humor, that probably crosses the line.

In an email written on Wednesday, May 7, obtained by the Northwest Herald, H.D. Jacobs High School Associate Principal Rick Johnson, presumably in jest, suggested a school resource officer "waterboard" students to solve a mystery of who was stealing toilet paper from the restrooms.

Johnson was responding to a message from another associate principal letting other administrators know that toilet paper was disappearing from restrooms.

"Please use all of your professional training to [apprehend] these perpetrators," Johnson wrote. "Offenses like this can threaten the very safety and sanitation of the building. Feel free to use whatever resources necessary including, but not limited to, stake-outs, swipes to determine residue and waterboarding. Feel free to call in back-up if needed."

A phone call to Johnson was not returned.

District 300 spokeswoman Allison Strupeck in an email statement said Johnson's email was improper.

"Mr. Johnson's comments are entirely inappropriate and do not exhibit the professionalism expected of our staff,"  Strupeck said.

The email was written before several students on Thursday, dumped several gallons of water, baby oil, dish soap and laundry soap throughout an upstairs hallway and created slippery conditions.

Eight students who participated in the senior slip-and-slide prank may still be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies this weekend.

The students, who were not identified, and their parents met with building administrators on Monday and were told in order for them to participate in graduation ceremonies they would "need to write a letter to the school assuring that they would be well behaved at graduation," Strupeck wrote.

The students each slid down the wet-soapy hallway, but there is no evidence they helped organize or perpetrate the prank, Strupeck wrote.

After the school receives the letters, administrators will meet with each student and let them know of their decision.

"[Because] the students with whom administrators met ... were not apparently the organizers of the prank, administration is willing to consider other outcomes on a case-by-case basis," Strupeck wrote.

The school however was not able to clearly identify the main culprits of the slick prank. If they had been identified, those students faced losing the privilege of of walking at graduation, Strupeck said.

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