Friday, April 25, 2008

'Banana boys' suspended for school prank

ZION-BENTON HIGH School: Monkey business not funny

A senior prank at Zion-Benton Township High School seemed quite humorous at first. But as a group of students quickly learned, the administration isn't amused with monkey business. And so - after 10 students in larger-than-life banana costumes ran the halls of the high school with an eleventh student dressed as a gorilla giving chase - the boys are on the raw end of a seven-day suspension.

The prank started innocently. Senior Andrew Leinonen, who will study criminal justice at Carthage College this fall, wanted to do something that wouldn't damage property or hurt anyone, while still being hilarious. "What's funnier than a gorilla chasing bananas through a school? Nothing," Leinonen said. "It was a harmless prank."

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