Prank Posting Leads To Students' Suspensions

Montgomery High School Seniors Organized Water Balloon Fight Via Facebook But Event Was Called Off

Some high school seniors in Otay Mesa may not be able to walk at their graduation due to what was supposed to be an innocent school prank.

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10News learned some Montgomery High School seniors posted on Facebook about a water balloon fight during lunch hour. While the students said they called it off, some were still suspended and removed from all senior activities.

"It's not fair, I mean, it's just not fair." said student Jose Aviles.

Aviles' girlfriend, Gabby, is one of three students in trouble for helping to organize the water balloon fight.

When administrators learned of the plan, they told all students there would be consequences for anyone involved.

Aviles said Gabby was suspended after the principal discovered water bottles in her backpack. He said Gabby had four bottles and was planning to take them to the beach after school -- not planning to use them for the prank.

"She's mad at herself for being involved in this, but nothing happened so that's what she's most mad about, and she's mad because she disappointed her mom," said Aviles.

The suspended students can't walk at graduation, attend prom or "grad night" at Disneyland.

School officials say the policy is clear. Each senior within the Sweetwater Union High School District will sign a code of conduct at the beginning of the year saying they will be responsible for their actions.

"It says there is proper activity that should be going on, there's appropriate behavior that should be going on," said Manual Rubio of the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Rubio said even though the water balloon fight never happened, the planned event was considered inappropriate behavior.

Rubio told 10News the parents can now appeal the decision, and the school is reviewing all the information.

10News learned the school district is working with the principal and staff at Montgomery High and they all plan to meet with the parents and students to decide if the decision will stay or if the students will be allowed to walk at graduation in three weeks.

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