EGGS prank day protest dropped

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­COLE LAW­TON

A sec­ond Auck­land school has can­celled its ‘‘fun week’’, draw­ing crit­i­cism from stu­dents and par­ents who have signed an on­line pe­ti­tion to bring back tra­di­tion.

Stu­dents who com­plained their school was treat­ing them ‘‘like pris­on­ers’’ over a can­celled prank day have swapped glit­ter bombs and spray paint for ‘‘warm fuzzies’’. A group of year 13 stu­dents at Ep­som Girls Gram­mar School com­plained their long-stand­ing prank day had been for­bid­den by man­age­ment. The girls said they had been look­ing for­ward to their ‘‘one day of fun’’ since pri­mary school and com­pared the school’s lead­ers, who canned the tra­di­tion over safety con­cerns, to Bol­she­viks. On Wed­nes­day, a stu­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said the day had been re­placed with some­thing dif­fer­ent and no protest pranks had been pulled. ‘‘On Mon­day, we were al­lowed to dress up in ju­nior uni­form and had a mas­sive shared lunch,’’ she said. ‘‘Some­one made a warm fuzzies page send­ing out nice mes­sages to peo­ple in our year, and we ar­ranged to fill [the prin­ci­pal’s] of­fice with flow­ers.’’ She said she was up­set about the ‘‘neg­a­tive im­age’’ that her fel­low stu­dents’ protests had caused. Prin­ci­pal Lor­raine Pound said last week that prank day had been can­celled be­cause the jokes went ‘‘too far’’ in pre­vi­ous years.

Ep­som Girls Gram­mar School prinic­pal Lor­raine Pound said pre­vi­ous years’ prank days had got out of con­trol, war­rant­ing the need to can the tra­di­tion.

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