DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. - A senior class prank has left all eight graduating seniors from Lighthouse Christian Academy barred from campus.
The seniors, all honors students, have had their graduation cancelled, but the principal didn't stop there, WESH 2 News reported.
The mother of one of the seniors, who is a teacher at the academy, was fired, and her daughter, a fourth-grader, was kicked out of the school.
"I think we deserve some kind of punishment, but not this," said Sami Faires, the teacher's daughter. "Not something we worked so hard on."
Faires and classmate Dottie Thomas have received their caps and tassels, but now they are paying the price for their prank.
"I don't think what we did was vandalism," Dottie Thomas said.
On May 12, the seniors moved the principal's desk outdoors and put up toilet paper and sprayed shaving cream. They even wrote, "We love you, Mr. Pearson!" on the walls.
"Everyone was worried about it, and I said he's not really going to do it," Thomas said. "Why would he take away our graduation? Then he really did."
Principal Luke Pearson said he felt like he had no choice in the matter and considers the act vandalism.
"You have to send a message, this cannot happen," Pearson said. "They are good kids, but they did a very wrong thing and there has to be consequences for that."
The seniors went back to the school on the day of the prank and cleaned up their mess in one hour.
"I'm astounded that it has gone as far as its gone," said Deborah Clark, the teacher who was fired. "The kids are heartbroken. The grandparents are heartbroken."
The principal's assistant resigned because of her role in helping the students with their prank.
The students won't face charges. Their graduation had been scheduled for Saturday.