Lyndhurst HS seniors will walk for graduation after busted prank
LYNDHURST — A group of high school seniors nearly missed out on being able to walk in their Lyndhurst High School graduation ceremony, after school administrators reacted to a senior prank on Monday.
Lyndhurst Schools Superintendent Joseph DeCorso announced that his initial move to ban the 18 male students from the Wednesday night ceremony was rescinded.
"This morning the administration met with parents of students involved with the high school prank incident," DeCorso said in a written statement released Wednesday afternoon and emailed to New Jersey 101.5.
He continued, "As a result of the discussions had, an amicable resolution was reached between the parties," without going into further detail, "as it involves sensitive student information."
Community members had been emailing DeCorso and more than 2,000 signed an online petition leading up to the decision.
On Monday night, a staff member had let the 18 teenagers into the school building, where they moved some desks from classrooms into the hallways before leaving, according to parents on social media.
"The Board is committed to preserving and securing the health welfare and safety of the students and staff at all of its buildings," DeCorso also said.
"We do not arrive at this resolution without concern for the future of our student body, especially during a time when the safety of students, within a school building, is of paramount concern," he continued.
"Moving forward, policies, procedures and codes of conduct will be updated to ensure that this critical concern is addressed in an appropriate and fair manner."
In posts about the situation on a Lyndhurst, NJ Facebook group, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of letting the teens participate on Wednesday.
Many commenters pointed out that no person or property was harmed.
Some mentioned that community service was part of the agreed upon resolution, which was not confirmed by any officials.