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Nearly half of a senior class will miss their graduation because of a ‘prank’

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OSCEOLA, Ark. -- Nearly half of a senior class in Osceola will miss their graduation and even worse, they are facing criminal charges.

It's all because the administration didn't think their senior prank was funny.

"A lot of stuff on the floor. It was a little spray paint, but it wasn't much," said student Jamieon Anderson.

It was all part of the prank Anderson and his classmates pulled.

They didn't have any pictures to share with WREG, but they said 37 students and a few others went into Osceola High School Sunday and dumped trash and water and pulled out spray paint.

One student even admitted to peeing in a classroom, and someone apparently let some crickets free too.

"They are saying there was some crickets hopping around, but I don't know who did the cricket," said Anderson. "They say someone went number two in the school and all that. None of that happened."

"We could have cleaned it up. It was just a prank," said student Andonius Burks.

Students said the administrating is buying into the rumors, and that's why they are facing such serious consequences.

They said they received a five-day suspension, can't walk at graduation and are facing several criminal charges.

"It wasn't nothing you couldn't fix. It wasn't like we went to school and just broke everything," said Anderson.

WREG sent several emails to Osceola School District staff and left voicemails for the superintendent, but we have yet to hear back.

Police did tell us they are investigating.

"They did it. They have to suffer the consequences for that," said parent Sherrie Gaven.

While she and other parents understand their kids made a mistake, they are hoping the administration changes its mind.

"They deserve a second chance to walk across that stage," said parent Mary James.

There are around 80 students in this year's senior class.

Right now, 37, including all-star athletes and honor roll students, won't be at graduation .

"Half of our families coming from out of state, and I don't know how I'm going to tell my grandma I am not walking the stage," said Anderson.

The students said seniors have been pulling pranks at Osceola High for years, but up until now, they have never faced serious consequences.

Some seniors not involved in the prank said they may hold a protest and not show up to Friday's ceremony, either.

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