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School Boss Says New Jersey Class Prank Overblown



    A springtime senior class ritual landed a group of Teaneck, N.J. high school students in front of a judge -- but their school district says reports of mayhem during their prank break-in are false. Roseanne Colletti has more. (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    The head of a New Jersey school district where more than 60 students were arrested after being accused of pulling a senior class prank says their antics were overblown in the media.

    Teaneck Superintendent Barbara Pinsak issued a statement Friday saying janitors cleaning Teaneck High School found no evidence to back up initial police reports students had urinated in the hallways.

    Teaneck police haven't responded to Pinsak's comments.

    Pinsak says there was no damage to school property and the cleanup consisted of removing petroleum jelly from doorknobs, sweeping floors of debris and removing graffiti. She says the district doesn't condone the students' behavior but exaggerated reports of mayhem "misrepresent" their school and community.

    60 Teens Arrested After Senior Pranksters Break Into School

    [NY] 60 Teens Arrested After Senior Pranksters Break Into School
    More than 60 New Jersey high school seniors were arrested early Thursday after they allegedly broke into their school for a class prank overnight, urinating in the hallways, flipping desks and greasing door handles, police say.
    (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    Sixty-three high school seniors were charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

    Some parents said they thought the police reaction was harsh for a prank. 

    "The penalties, I think, are a little severe, going to jail," said Gigi Garcia. 

    -- Roseanne Colletti contributed to this report. 

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