Naked prank bars students from grad ceremony
Jason Singh is one of eight boys barred from graduation ceremonies after streaking through Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary in Surrey. June 25, 2012. (CTV)
CTV British Columbia
Published Monday, June 25, 2012 6:11PM PDT
A group of Surrey high school seniors is sitting out this year’s graduation festivities after getting caught streaking through their school.
Jason Singh was one of eight boys who dropped trou and ran through Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary earlier this month, earning them a three-day suspension and a ban from attending graduation on Wednesday.
"I thought the suspension would happen for sure, but I didn't think the commencement would be taken away,” Singh told CTV News.
Students who watched the spectacle say they heard screams and watched as the naked boys sprayed cans of shaving cream.
Surrey school board spokesman Doug Strachan said administrators were not amused.
“The car that they ran into left in a way that wasn't very safe, the fire alarm was pulled, apparently shaving cream was sprayed in faces,” he said, adding that the boys should have known better.
“The students and parents were well aware of the potential consequences, and the decision was made by the students to go ahead."
But students say the punishment is unprecedented.
“There's streakers every year and I've never heard of any of them getting their commencements taken away,” grade 12 student Migual Watkins said.
Fellow senior Jessy Singh said graduation is meant for families -- not just students.
“My mom would really hate it if I didn't go to my commencement, and just to take it away from the whole family because of one streaking incident, I don’t think it's fair," he said.
Some students, like Shiv Naidu, plan to boycott commencement in protest.
“They're like my family and if my family's not going to go, I'm not going to want to go," he said.
Despite the harsh consequences, there is already talk at Lord Tweedsmuir of carrying on the streaking tradition next year.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Nafeesa Karim