‘Senior prank gone wrong’ occurs at Culver High School, confirmed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
(Update: Adding video, more information from sheriff, anonymous sources)
CULVER, Ore. (KTVZ) — An elaborate senior prank at Culver High School last week has sent some ripples through the class of 2023. An upset parent contacted NewsChannel 21 only after learning what happened that night from their child.
A washer and dryer in front of the school Thursday morning were remnants of a recent prank at the school, which has about 200 students.
The district acknowledged that senior students were responsible for a series of pranks last Thursday, May 18.
Students allegedly TP’d (toilet-lined) hallways and classrooms that could easily be cleaned up.
But other pranks seem to have left more traces.
A woman who says she is a teacher in the district told us Thursday that students left graffiti including anti-gay slurs, racially charged language and swastikas on several cars in the school parking lot.
She went on to say that a school official enabling this kind of behavior was a “slap in the face to all the teachers.”
We heard from another woman who says she works in the district office and had her car vandalized during the senior prank.
She said she plans to file a lawsuit for damages.
On Thursday morning I was there when the students arrived at school. A senior student told me he was aware of the pranks.
I also went to the district office to speak with Inspector Stefanie Garber who did not want to see the camera.
Garber told us that no senior officials allowed the students into the building the night of the pranks. She said she and other district officials were at a school board meeting when the pranks happened.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jason Pollock told us via text that the pranks appeared to be planned in advance with the help of a staff member at the school.
The sheriff later indicated in a phone call that it may have been a “high-ranking” district official who gave the students access to the building.
The superintendent says she is contacting the sheriff’s office for clarification and believes the elderly entered the building by taking the keys of an employee.
The caller, who says she is a teacher in the district, told us a lot more happened that night than has been reported so far.
No one wanted to go on camera to talk about the pranks or the fallout for the district.
If you know any details about what happened that night, you are encouraged to contact our newsroom at (541) 383-2121 or the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 475-6520.