Senior Prank/Practical Joke/Story
During a conversation about Senior pranks in high school, my informant recounted a Senior prank he heard happened at a neighboring school. The following is a transcript of our interview:
“Informant: There were two highschools, lakeridge was across the lake and we were rivals with them, but I had heard for Their Senior prank they got a thousand crickets and released them into the ventilation system and for the next month there were still cleaning up piles of crickets. Apparently it was horrible. Teachers were getting really pissed because they would chirp away in the back of the Class room, so during awkward lectures and speeches there would be crickets going in the back.”
My informant said that Senior pranks were often a topic of conversation in school. Though he did not do any pranks, he said that he and his friends would often talk about them, trading stories they had heard from other schools.
This is an act of rebellion, using animals to desecrate the school. This empowers the students, who are subjected to the authority of administrative bodies. Breaking down the seriousness of the school setting, the crickets chirp in the back of Classes. Often associated with awkward silence or the silence of an unentertained crowd, cricket chirping disrupts the Classroom and criticizes teachers by comparing them to boring things. The act of a prank of a school illustrates the students’ empowerment through disobeying rules established by the administration and express students’ annoyance.