Students get into pig mess of trouble

June 04, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Senior class pranks at high schools in Chambersburg and Greencastle, Pa., have landed more than 70 students in trouble with either the criminal courts or school authorities.

Forty-four Chambersburg Area Senior High School students are to appear Wednesday at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway on disorderly conduct charges following an April incident in Buchanan State Forest in Letterkenny Township, Pa., a court official said Friday.

Another 25 students face the same charges, said Park Ranger Shawn Lynn, who investigated the incident.

According to Lynn, a Chambersburg Area Senior High School end-of-year tradition involves egg fights between seniors and juniors. This year, it went a step further.


The students dug a pit 8-feet by 6-feet by 4-feet deep in the forest and filled it with fresh pig manure collected from area farms, Lynn said. To make it messier, they found a dead pig, gutted it and threw it in the pit, too, he alleged.

After the egg fight, the seniors dragged the juniors across the pit, Lynn said.

"They left quite a mess," he said. "There were hundreds of empty egg cartons and a lot of dirty clothes that they didn't want to wear after being dragged through the pit."

Tips led Lynn to the alleged ringleaders who identified other students, including the 25 not yet found.

"If they don't call the judge's (Alloway) office, then I'll file other charges against them," Lynn said.

If found responsible, the students could face fines and community service.

In the Greencastle incident, three male seniors are accused of using fast-drying glue to lock 33 exit doors at Greencastle-Antrim High School, Assistant Principal Ed Rife said Friday.

The cost of replacing the locks was estimated at $3,000. The students have a year to repay that amount. One already paid $1,000, Rife said.

"They're good students who took a prank too far," he said.

Because they came forward, all three will graduate with their class, he said

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