Wisconsin High School Seniors Stage Epic Prank

Seniors staged a prank at Cumberland High School to make it look like a car went through the building. Photo: Facebook/Cumberland School District
Seniors staged a prank at Cumberland High School to make it look like a car went through the building.

May 15, 2018 01:42 PM

A group of seniors at Wisconsin's Cumberland High School had some jaws dropping Monday morning, but it was all in good fun.

Senior pranks are part of the tradition during graduation week at the school, located about 88 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.


In the past, they've included goofy acts like sticking around 100 plastic forks in the ground or tossing a large number of pennies down the hall.

Though, senior Konur Pasko and three of his friends wanted to do something this year that would be remembered for a long time.

"We wanted to make sure the Class of 2018 wouldn't be forgotten," he said with a laugh.

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Pasko and company hatched a scheme in which an old junker car was sawed in half and placed on a dolly. It was then positioned in front of the high school. Loose bricks were strewn around it with tape and black tarp used to create the appearance of a hole.

The idea was to make it look like a car had gone through the high school wall.

"My Dad and I have a shop at home and we build racing engines," said Pasko of his father Jon, a shop teacher at the school who may have lent the endeavor a little assistance.

"We're out there until 11:30 or midnight most nights, and in our sleep deprivation, we come up with some crazy ideas," he said. "One of them was this idea for a senior prank."

Pasko said the idea took about 30 hours of preparation over the weekend. He and his friends managed to get everything installed in just minutes early Monday morning, slipping in and out to evade being noticed.

"We got there at midnight, and we were done by 12:08," he said. "We made sure we didn't damage any school property. Our idea was just to give everyone a good laugh and a good scare."

That was indeed the reaction Monday morning.

"From what I heard, somebody went through the parking lot about 3 a.m. and really wanted to make an accident report," Principal Ritchie Narges said. "Because from far enough away, it did look real. The brick they used even matched the brick of the school, but there was nothing dangerous about it. They had it all worked out, and they did a great job getting it set up."

This isn't even the first time this school year the school has drawn widespread attention. Backstreet Boy AJ McLean was enlisted back in January to help the district announce a snow day.

However, Pasko said this latest effort has certainly drawn reaction around town.

"One of my friends who helped us with this said his aunt called yesterday morning and asked who the drunk was who drove into the high school," he said. "I know at the senior center across the street, a lot of people thought someone had really driven into the wall."

But in the end, everyone had a good laugh.

Even the Cumberland Police Department, which had to salute the seniors.

"Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank," the department wrote in a Facebook post. "Congratulations Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen. Congratulations to all the seniors who are graduating."

Pasco said he and his friends could not be happier with how the prank turned out.

"Especially considering we were just winging it really," said Pasco, who graduates with his classmates Saturday morning. "We hoped everything would come together, but we had no idea it would turn out this well."


Frank Rajkowski

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