HERNDON, Va. (CBSDC) — Three seniors from Herndon High School won’t participate in Thursday’s graduation ceremonies after school officials took exception to their senior prank.

Six students were caught dousing the school’s halls with baby oil last week. Each of the students were punished, but the three ring leaders received the harshest punishment from administrators who suspended them from the graduation ceremony.

The family of one of the student’s appealed the administration’s decision with Fairfax County Public Schools, but the officer in the case sided Herndon officials and rejected the appeal.

Bob Shoemaker, whose son Chris is among the students barred from the ceremony, issued a brief statement Wednesday night.

“I regret to say that the school hearing officer upheld the decision for punishment and loss of participation in graduation ceremonies today. I found the hearing to be somewhat biased, in that the hearing officer met with school officials before and after the formal hearing, and closed her note pad before my wife and I spoke. It seemed that she had made up her mind before the hearing was over, indeed perhaps before any of us spoke. I guess we did not expect her to change the events, but we did try.”

Perhaps the prank wouldn’t have drawn the ire of administrators if the groups had better timing with their shenanigans.

Students were in the midst of taking Standards of Learning tests and final exams while the group lubed up the hallways. A school officials said the mess caused a major disruption to the school day.

“I would give anything to go back and not do anything like this,” said Chris Shoemaker.

Shoemaker’s father believes the punishment does not fit the crime.

“Graduation is a culmination of the recognition of 13 years of hard work,” he said.

Many students at the high school share in Mr. Shoemaker’s belief and have been protesting the administration’s decision on Twitter.


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