Year-end antics lead to 38 suspensions at Stadium High, 6 at Rogers

Tacoma News TribuneJune 11, 2014 

Note to students: Be careful what you tweet -- your teachers are watching.

Some Stadium High School students learned that the hard way. Nearly 40 were recently suspended in connection with acts of vandalism that they then discussed on social media.

After cars parked near the Tacoma school were vandalized during school hours earlier this month, school authorities investigated.

They started interviewing students and began hearing the names of some Stadium juniors. Then they turned to Twitter, where students were talking about their exploits.

One student tweeted that the vandalism was confined to shaving cream, Silly String and water balloons. But school district spokeswoman Elle Warmuth said some cars were damaged when students jumped on the hoods or painted them with shoe polish that took the paint off.

A total of 38 Stadium students were suspended as a result, Warmuth said. Their suspensions are for Thursday and Friday -- the last day of school in Tacoma.

Stadium students aren’t the only ones to get in trouble for end-of-the-year high jinks.

Six seniors at Rogers High School in Puyallup were suspended after they allegedly showed up to an all-school senior recognition assembly Tuesday under the influence of alcohol.

“They were removed from school, and parents were called to take them home,” school district spokesman Brian Fox said.

Friday is the last day of school for Puyallup seniors, and graduation is Saturday. Fox said district policy prohibits suspended students from participating in district activities. He said Wednesday that it’s not known whether the suspensions would be lifted in time for graduation.

He said school administrators are meeting with each student’s parents to help determine consequences.



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