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Feb. 25, 2007

Senior pranks: battle of the sexes

by Pia Nargundkar, Online Editor-in-Chief
When senior Garret Jones tickled his friend at lunch one day, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. The seemingly innocuous gesture caused the friend, fellow senior Sarah Kovar, to fall out of her chair. "I was really mad and I knew I had to get him back," Kovar says. And with that, the school-wide prank war had begun.

Soon, seniors Dana Ballard and Jordan Woodruff became entangled in the argument and a battle of the sexes was on. Kovar says that she and Ballard teamed up against Woodruff and Jones in what she described as an "official prank war," which kicked off when Jones padlocked Kovar's locker shut until security removed it.

The battle

A slap on the wrist from security didn't stop the pranksters; several days later, between first and third period, a queen-sized sheet could be seen hanging from the third floor staircase reading, "Jordan Woodruff, Prom with me? Love Garret Jones," a plan that Kovar says she and Ballard brewed over the weekend with fellow seniors Lily Fischer and Claire Liberman. "We all thought of it together," she says. "I lost sleep over it before it happened, I was so excited." Kovar says the result was everything she hoped it would be. "His face dropped," she says.

Quick to act, Jones says he took a paint marker and set out for revenge. Later that day, he used the marker to write all over the girls' cars before collaborating with Woodruff to make fliers. "We blew up really unattractive Facebook pictures of them," Jones laughs. Accompanying the pictures was, "For a good time call…" and a fake number. The next day, the fliers were drifting down from the third floor.

Kovar says that she and Ballard were looking forward to the boys' retaliation. "I was glad they had something ready for us the next day - it made me excited to go to school," Kovar says.

Administrative action

The girls themselves found the fliers amusing. "It could have been a lot worse," says Kovar. "It was funny to see our faces all over the floor." But while the girls were laughing at the comeback, the administration certainly wasn't. Fischer was sent to the administration for making light of the fliers, and soon all four of the girls found themselves in assistant principal Patricia Hurley's office. Hurley, who did not wish to comment, was worried about the effect the fliers might have on students who weren't aware of the prank war, according to the girls.

"She told us they were inappropriate and if we didn't tell her who made them, she'd call our parents," Ballard explains. Before parents were called though, the girls managed to get in touch with Jones and Woodruff, and Jones confessed. He explained that it was just a joke and promised to stop the pranks. "We just wanted to spice senior year up a little," Jones shrugs. Hurley ended up calling Jones's mother, but Ballard and Jones agree, the punishment "wasn't a big deal."

Although their pranks in school have been banned, the girls' spirits are not stifled. "Oh don't worry, we have something else planned for out of school," Lieberman says.

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  • blah on February 25, 2007 at 4:48 PM
    dumb article
  • wow on February 25, 2007 at 5:14 PM
    cap kids messing with eachother. thats fascinating.
  • haters (View Email) on February 25, 2007 at 6:17 PM
    defenitly arent cap kids...
  • ? on February 25, 2007 at 7:29 PM
    this is news worthy?
  • uh on February 25, 2007 at 9:18 PM
    this isn't really feature - worthy, i think. it sounds like a normal bunch of seniors goofing around, that's all
  • . on February 25, 2007 at 11:05 PM
    this is the most absolutely ridiculous and pointless story ever written.
  • hello on February 26, 2007 at 6:02 AM
    This is newsworthy. Its intent wasn't too clear because the beginning wasn't that great and the people were emphasized more than the pranks. But read the thing and it should be clear that people would most definitely be interested in knowing about the origin of the fliers and blankets. It was an interesting story, just not too well delivered.
  • sock hop (View Email) on February 26, 2007 at 9:40 AM
    Is there an enblish version of this story?
  • sco lover on February 26, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    This was a cute little feature story. It is bound to a different standard of newsworthiness than other hard-hitting or more timely stories you might see. It is meant for entertainment purposes, and so it should be judged on the same standards as, say, a humor story.
  • funny on February 26, 2007 at 1:46 PM
    i thought these pranks were funny! i just would like to know where was I during these pranks? I would've liked to them!
  • '07 on February 26, 2007 at 2:39 PM
    so cap kids are special??? plz. anyway, everyone's right. this article was not necessary. for a senior it's dumb. this event was amusing but you had to be there. the joke's nnot funny when you post it for the school to see when some did not even know about it. the school doesn't have to know everything about wat seniors do. that's why it's called "senior" not "everyone can join in" prank.
  • critic on February 26, 2007 at 4:32 PM
    they are not in cap, and ironically i was there for the sheet dropping and fliers release. It was hilarious. and NEWSWORTHY, not everything has tot be serious.
  • Adam (View Email) on February 26, 2007 at 8:02 PM
    I cannot believe this story is posted on Silver Chips Online. This is embarassing. This is not news. Please take it down.
  • Josh on February 26, 2007 at 11:26 PM
    As one pointed out, news doesnt always have to be serious. I found this article to be engaging and interesting in its own way. It shares the everyday life of students at Blair; having fun with friends.
  • dear haters on February 26, 2007 at 11:27 PM
    shut up. stop being serious for one second and laugh at something that was funny. ps they werent in cap
  • ahhhh on February 26, 2007 at 11:38 PM
    badly written. enough said.
  • sock hop (View Email) on February 27, 2007 at 8:40 AM
    To Pia Nargundkar: I read your profile. With regard to the Padres and Chargers, I think you have it backwards. The Padres will win the NL west, 2007. The Chargers, on the other hand, are doomed to 20 years of obscurity. Firing Marty was the dumbest thing a football team has done since the Skins fired him.
  • senior on February 27, 2007 at 1:53 PM
    Not only is the piece childish, ignorant, superficial and unclear, but the topic itself is just NOT what journalism is about. SCO should not be a rumor/prank mill for seniors to voice their ridiculous social problems. This is not a question of funny or not funny. Dave Barry is funny. Gene Weingarten is funny. Yes, the incidents were hilarious, but that does not excuse poor editorial decision making or bad journalism.
  • chill out on February 27, 2007 at 5:02 PM
    people actually need to lightteeeen uppppp. jesus, why is it such an outrage? you've got to be pretty bored with your life if youre going to get severely upset with this article.
  • honestly on February 28, 2007 at 2:18 PM
    you kids need to lighten up, this kind of stuff makes the newspaper great and different from others
  • llol on February 28, 2007 at 2:51 PM
    adam u shouldnt be talking SC print doesnt even have news, all features, some of which try to be funny too (even if they arent)

  • critic on March 1, 2007 at 10:19 PM
    this article just makes picking up a news paper tempting, usually this site talks about BORING stuff like cap and magnet and educational ZZZZZZZZZ *snore* oh sorry did i catch some zz's? yea as i was saying there should be more articles and THEY ARE BASED ON FACTS not rumors!!! genius! these types of things are funny and if u are mad, shut up, get on wit ure boring life read a book or homework or study. this is priceless!!!!!!!!!
  • Adam Yalowitz is god on March 3, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    Thisless; this is not an alluring expose; this is a pretentious shell of a feature and exactly why Silver Chips Online is second to Silver Chips print. Silver Chips, as an entirety, is a professional-grade newspaper - we pride ourselves on our in-depth reporting, our quality of writing and diversity of sources. is not price

    This feature concentrates solely on an 07 click and their mischievous pranks. Silver Chips Online is an award-winning online newspaper - not some caterer to immature antics. This is disgusting and harmful to the credibility of SCO. Shame.

    Oh. And Adam Yalowitz is god.
  • Anonymous on March 3, 2007 at 11:57 PM
    If Online is second to Print, how come Print staffers can't spell "clique"? interesting.
  • ha on March 4, 2007 at 11:44 AM
    feature:something offered as a special attraction, which this article offers a 100%!!!!
  • Claire on March 5, 2007 at 1:48 PM
    I liked it.
  • someone with a sense of humor on March 6, 2007 at 9:29 AM
    yeah the pranks were funny
  • senioritis on March 6, 2007 at 5:14 PM
    07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07
  • Anarchist (View Email) on March 6, 2007 at 10:10 PM
    If online is second to print, how come print staff members apparently can't proofread their sentences?

    SUCKAPWNEEEED ^______^
  • senior 07 on March 8, 2007 at 8:58 PM
    no, adam, it's not news. it's a feature.

    buy a dictionary. and retake journalism 1.

    and please, lighten up. that's why you're no fun ever.
  • pathetic on March 9, 2007 at 8:27 AM
    people are WAY too uptight. its really sad.
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