EGGS prank day protest dropped
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.