High school revokes suspensions over prank involving sticky notes
The Associated PRess May 17, 2012 3:40PM
Updated: July 1, 2012 11:41AM
CLAYTON — A central Indiana school superintendent reduced the punishments for more than 50 students handed two-day suspensions hours earlier Wednesday after they protested the suspensions of six other students and a school custodian.
The Indianapolis Star and WISH-TV reported that the original six students had their suspensions revoked, and the janitor might get her job back at Cascade High School, about 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
The actions by Mill Creek Community School Corp. Superintendent Patrick Spray marked the latest developments in a controversy that began with the six students posting more than 11,000 sticky notes around the school Monday as a prank.
After those six were suspended Tuesday and custodian Kim Rouse dismissed for supervising the prank, 57 students held a sit-in Wednesday morning in a school gymnasium and later demonstrated outside after being suspended.
Spray reduced those suspensions to one day and said the discipline could be served as in-school detention.
Bob Canaday, the father of one of the six pranksters, told the newspaper that Spray reversed their two-day suspensions and wiped the incident from their academic records.
Canaday said Spray didn’t have the authority to fire Rouse but could recommend her dismissal to the school board. Canaday said three board members supported Rouse and likely would not agree to a dismissal.
The sticky notes were arranged in various combinations such as smiley faces, the year 2012 and geometric designs covering glass doors.
Spray had said before Wednesday’s demonstration that although the prank was harmless, the students violated the school’s code of conduct by trespassing on school property outside of regular school hours.
“Students were all over the building unsupervised. We can’t just let people come in and have the run of the place,” Spray told the newspaper. “We’re fortunate that nothing got damaged and no one got hurt.”
He also said it was “completely inappropriate” for Rouse to give students access outside of school hours.
Rouse and Spray did not return calls seeking comment. A receptionist said Spray was unavailable because he was meeting with parents Wednesday afternoon.
The school has about 500 students.