Senior prank gone wrong

SMITHVILLE, Ohio (WKYC) – A senior class prank at Smithville High School has the small Wayne County, Ohio town buzzing.

The building is sprayed with graffiti inside and out. It’s not vandalism, rather, an activity that was originally approved by school officials.

In a couple of weeks, the building will be torn down, and students will attend classes next fall in a brand new building, under construction on a hill behind the current school.

However, some students got carried away, and sprayed graffiti outside of a confined area, and some of it includes vulgar words.

“We had a lot of fun,” said senior Kari Hicks. “I just wish that it didn’t turn out like this, because I don’t want it to tear our community apart.”

The school administration sent an email to the community.

“We apologize to the community, students, and former graduates that the memory of SHS may be tarnished because of the final activity of our senior class…. Unfortunately, this activity got out of hand. The administration takes full responsibility for the actions of our students and will make every effort to continue to provide a respectable environment for the last few weeks of school in Smithville High School and all school buildings.”

The email was signed by Jason DeMassimo, School Principal, and Judy Robinson, Superintendent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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