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Kidnappings, raves, the Garda helicopter... this year's crop of school pranks

Suspensions and a garda investigation after students run amok in end-of-year hi-jinks in Dublin schools.

WHO SAID SCHOOL days were the best days of you life? A spate of recent sixth year pranks in Dublin schools have hit the headlines after they seemingly went a little too far.

In the latest end-of-school prank, a female student from Mount Anville was tied up, blindfolded and left in the grounds of a nearby boys’ school. Last week a large number of boys were suspended from Blackrock College for apparently taking part in a game of Duck Duck Goose.

Mount Anville, Goatstown

It’s emerged that five students were banned from attending the graduation ceremony at Mount Anville secondary school after a fellow student was tied up, blindfolded and driven to Blackrock College.

The Irish Times reports that a bottle of water was thrown over her and that she was located by friends after her captors send a text message revealing her whereabouts.

St. Mary’s College, Rathmines

The Garda helicopter became involved last week after an end-of-year prank went wrong and a kidnapping was reported. A woman who spotted a student from St. Mary’s College, Rathmines being bundled into car thought he was being abducted and called Gardaí.

He was tied, half naked to a pole at nearby Muckross Park School, which is all-girls. It’s understood disciplinary action is to be taken, according to the Evening Herald.

Blackrock College

There were a number of reports last week that at least 66 students from Blackrock College were suspended after they played a game of ‘Duck Duck Goose‘ on school grounds.

Those involved even got their own hashtags on Twitter:

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

While others warned their peers not to speak publicly about the incident:

Source: Twitter

A call placed to Blackrock College by TheJournal.ie in relation to the incident was not returned.

High School, Rathgar

Three students were reportedly expelled from High School in Rathgar after an impromptu rave was organised in the schools’s common room. The door was locked by students and music was played, leading to a confrontation between staff and pupils.

The graduation ceremony for sixth years was cancelled, with an alternative event being organised by parents at the Burlington Hotel, according to the Irish Times.

Skerries Community School

The North County Leader reports that Gardaí were called to Skerries Community School last week after a group of students “went on a rampage”.

Students had been asked to leave school grounds because of some minor disruptions, but some returned armed with eggs and water bombs. The school’s graduation ceremony was cancelled as a result.

What do you think of these kind pranks? Harmless fun, or out of hand? Tell us why in the comments section below…


Poll Results:

Out of hand (1545)
Just for fun (927)


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