Wichita Seniors Prove That Pranks Do Not Have To Be Mean-Spirited To Be "Cool"


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Every year, high school seniors across the country prank their teachers and principals. Some pranks are funny, others borderline cruel, but few are as heartwarming as the recent one pulled by the students of North High School in Wichita, Kansas.

On February 25th, Principal Sherman Padgett was approached by senior Emily Jones, who asked that he stand in the hallway with an empty bucket. Initially, the head of school brushed off the request as a joke. However, when he found the bucket placed on his desk, Padgett realized she had been serious. Not knowing what to expect, he decided to consult his secretary, Valerie Johnson about the best course of action. Padgett says, “Valerie just kind of gave me that look and said, ‘Go out and hold the bucket. It’s a senior prank, and it’s going to be good."

Turns out she was right. As Padgett stood in the hallway holding the bucket, the graduating class of 400 "pranked" him with thank-you notes. Most students had a special memory of how the principal had touched his/her life during their four years and wanted to let him know that they appreciated it.

The unusual prank is the brainchild of Emily Jones. The young girl attributes the brilliant idea to her mother who suggested that they veer away from typical high school pranks and do something nice for a change. Working with her guidance counselor and two friends, Emily designed the thank you cards that featured the Dr. Seuss poem “How did it get so late so soon?" on one side and a blank space for a personal note on the other. The cards were then printed and distributed to all the seniors.

Needless to say, Padgett who has been at the school for eight years is overwhelmed by the outpouring of gratitude. The principal says that what's even more heartwarming is that the thank-you notes keep coming - many scribbled on post-its and scraps of paper from underclassman who also want to express their gratitude for all he does to make their lives better, every single day.

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  • actavia
    actaviaTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:15 am
    that is so cool!!!!!!!!
    • bsc
      bscFriday, October 2, 2020 at 7:55 pm
      Aw, that's so nice!
      • moonlightwolf
        moonlightwolfMonday, November 11, 2019 at 10:03 am
        some pranks can be nice!
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          meatlover24Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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        • ghost_dk_diemx
          ghost_dk_diemxSunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm
          Your pranks can also be funny just make sure your not causing any harm to anyone.
          • ghost_dk_diemx
            ghost_dk_diemxSunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:02 pm
            If it's a rude and hurtful prank it can go out the door. If it's funny I guess it's alright depending on what is and if it's a kind prank like that was then we should all be thankful for the little acts of kindness that rolls around in the air.
            • BabyAriMonday, July 15, 2019 at 5:59 am
              Pranks are supposed to be funny.
              • personThursday, June 13, 2019 at 5:43 am
                it didn't really make scence like funny pranks just not when they're mean
                • bully catcherThursday, May 23, 2019 at 8:35 am
                  that's not nice how do you think the person getting pranked felt if it was mean? this was nice and I think he felt arm inside after they did it!!!!!
                  • pokemonWednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:31 am
                    this is so bad i thought pranks were funny not happy joyful
                    • wowFriday, January 25, 2019 at 8:44 am
                      that's so nice