<p>So this happened in the suburbs of Chicago. I happen to know of one of the administrators of this school (and have not heard good things about him - he's known to give athletes a break on school policies that other students wouldn't get) and so I'm following this story rather closely. It's been interesting reading some of the public comments on this... every extreme is represented!</p>
By any standard, Zach Konstanzer was a model high school student. But he went from role model to pariah in one short day, thanks to a combination of baby oil and vegetable oil.</p>
<p>Konstanzer is one of six Bartlett High School seniors ticketed by police and barred from any senior activities this week and Saturday's graduation ceremony after a school prank went awry Friday.....</p>
<p>........All that for a prank Friday that left his high school's hallways and stairs covered in oil, resulting in injuries to a school custodian and three students. The custodian was taken to an urgent care center with a wrenched back, and the students went to the nurse's office with bruises, Principal Kevin Skinkis said.</p>
<p>The school's 2,700 students were kept in their first-period class for 2½ hours so the floors could be scrubbed......</p>
<p>......."Do I think it's a fair punishment?" Konstanzer asked. "No. For me to make one mistake ... it seems like all of my accomplishments are in the shadow of that one big mistake."</p>
<p>"I haven't been in trouble once. None of us had any disciplinary actions before," he added.
<p>So, given some of the comments made on the UVA lacrosse thread, I thought it would be interesting to hear what people have to say about this one. Do you think the punishment is too harsh? If they are not properly disciplined (which is what this school district thinks is appropriate), what lesson would these kids learn? That they can do this kind of stuff and get away with it?</p>