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Muck Up days go wrong. Naked Youths run wild. Possum molested.

By johnboy 22 November 2011 68

ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of theft, traffic hazards and disorderly behaviour by Year 12 students from a prominent north Canberra school.

Up to 100 students are believed to have participated in the end-of-year ‘scavenger hunt’ with a list of more than 60 tasks to complete, which include stealing street signs, running naked through Civic, confining a Year 11 student and catching a wild animal.

Over a number of hours last night (Monday, November 21), police received reports of naked youths in public areas of north Canberra, and the removal of road work warning signs, which created a significant hazard for motorists.

One youth was spoken to by police and will be summonsed to attend court at a later date charged with causing public mischief. Police will continue investigating the incidents and envisage further charges will be laid against others involved.

Last week police responded to an incident at an inner north private school where a possum was strung up a flagpole. Police were unable to establish whether the possum had been killed prior to the incident or as a result of the incident. Plants, toilet paper, wheelie bins and other items were overturned and strewn around the area in incidents which police believe were the result of Year 12’s “muck-up day”.

North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis said that when behaviour such as this gets out of hand and results in criminal offences such as property damage, public mischief or the risk of injury, then police will step in promptly.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Classified 11:57 am 05 Dec 11

amsfromaus said :

As a parent of one of the kids from “that” school I’d like to make a comment. Not all the kids are bad. My youngster actually made the decision not to attend the Monday night pranks because he had no desire to end his schooling life with a mark against his unsullied name. He came home from school the next day, even more proud of himself for making the right decision.

That’s awesome, thanks for letting us know.

amsfromaus 11:47 am 05 Dec 11

As a parent of one of the kids from “that” school I’d like to make a comment. Not all the kids are bad. My youngster actually made the decision not to attend the Monday night pranks because he had no desire to end his schooling life with a mark against his unsullied name. He came home from school the next day, even more proud of himself for making the right decision.

farnarkler 10:08 pm 25 Nov 11

Yeah I’m an X myself. The worst we did was sign each other’s shirts and let off few fire extinguishers. Jeez we were boring.

Jethro 9:51 pm 25 Nov 11

When I was in school some kids from a graduating Year 12 class stole a sheep, kept it locked in the boot of a student’s car overnight and, in the morning, released it into a New Zealand teacher’s office.

I am late Gen X.

Student’s being bad isn’t an affliction unique to the current generation, so don’t make this a generational issue when it’s not. It just makes you look like an old curmudgeon.

Holden Caulfield 11:59 am 24 Nov 11

Isn’t that cute, the schools are adopting the Sergeant Schultz approach.

jcitizen 11:30 am 24 Nov 11

wooster said :

Oh ffs. Just relax.

Its a muck up day.

Thats probably what Eastman said.

jcitizen 11:18 am 24 Nov 11

jcitizen said :

Stevian said :

fragge said :

KeenGolfer said :

quewastaken said :

I don’t understand why people get so up in arms about this… Yes, hanging a possum from a flagpole isn’t appropiate, but kids letting off steam at the end of the year was happening before the advent of a media release from the police for every minor disturbance caused by a teen.!

So in your eyes it’s ok for them to steal, cause property damage and run around in Civic naked because they’re just ‘letting off steam’? I’ve got no problem with having a celebration but they’re taking it too far when they commit criminal acts. Is it worth getting a criminal record for theft etc (which will ruin some employment chances) just for an end of year lark?

Mate, they are criminal acts because the laws were set down to deal with those kinds of rare incidences when they occur – I don’t think the lawmakers envisaged charging teenage children for graduation mischief. The only offence worth going after is the theft of road signs, and not because it poses a “significant risk” to drivers, but on principle – after all, whoever signed the procurement contract for those signs made sure they’re too expensive to just make more, we must protect the ones we have with the full force of the law. Bring in the military police, the rebellion stops TODAY.

Your trying to be funny. But you’ve hit upon the perfect solution. When the gangs take over you’ll be sorry

Well said
thats right!
Untill it affects them personally, the “denyers” will continue to wear blinkers, then they semm to be the first to cry over spilt milk.

jcitizen 11:08 am 24 Nov 11

Stevian said :

fragge said :

KeenGolfer said :

quewastaken said :

I don’t understand why people get so up in arms about this… Yes, hanging a possum from a flagpole isn’t appropiate, but kids letting off steam at the end of the year was happening before the advent of a media release from the police for every minor disturbance caused by a teen.!

So in your eyes it’s ok for them to steal, cause property damage and run around in Civic naked because they’re just ‘letting off steam’? I’ve got no problem with having a celebration but they’re taking it too far when they commit criminal acts. Is it worth getting a criminal record for theft etc (which will ruin some employment chances) just for an end of year lark?

Mate, they are criminal acts because the laws were set down to deal with those kinds of rare incidences when they occur – I don’t think the lawmakers envisaged charging teenage children for graduation mischief. The only offence worth going after is the theft of road signs, and not because it poses a “significant risk” to drivers, but on principle – after all, whoever signed the procurement contract for those signs made sure they’re too expensive to just make more, we must protect the ones we have with the full force of the law. Bring in the military police, the rebellion stops TODAY.

Your trying to be funny. But you’ve hit upon the perfect solution. When the gangs take over you’ll be sorry

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