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‘Moms Were Going Crazy’: Why Pranks At All-Girl Catholic School Went Too Far

Restrooms were trashed, staff members were targeted, duct tape was used liberally and feminine hygiene products were taped to the walls in hijinks school president says took a personal, “mean-spirited” turn.

An end-of-the-year ceremony at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills was cancelled after pranks went too far, the school's president wrote in a letter to parents. (Patch file photo)
An end-of-the-year ceremony at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills was cancelled after pranks went too far, the school's president wrote in a letter to parents. (Patch file photo)

Parents whose angry protests over the cancellation of an end-of-the-school-year event spurred police calls are getting more details about the pranks that prompted administrators’ actions at the all-girl Catholic high school in Farmington Hills.

Mercy High School annually holds a “moving up” ceremony that includes a full day of festivities, but administrators pulled the plug on the May 22 event because senior pranks got out of hand and were “mean spirited,” Mercy President Cheryl Kreger wrote in a letter to parents, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In her letter to parents, Kreger said the students had trashed restrooms, leaving toilets inoperable; pushed furniture together in the cafeteria and bound it together with duct tape and plastic; and taped feminine hygiene products throughout the building, among other things.

In the past, senior hijinks haven’t been personal, Kreger said, but some of the pranks this year targeted specific staff members.

“It was determined that it was not something that could go unnoticed or without a response and consequences,” she wrote.

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The Free Press reported that police were called after a mob of angry parents began yelling at school administrators for canceling the event.

A 2011 graduate of the school, Emily Moreau, 21, was at the school that day and described the scene that caused the school to call police:

“The moms were going crazy, screaming at the administration. They said their daughters earned this. There was at least 30-plus mothers. When it got out of hand, the cops were called.”

Eventually, about 100 upset parents were part of the ruckus.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus told the newspaper that police left without filing charges. The altercation was verbal only and didn’t escalate to a physical confrontation.

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Emily Dye May 31, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Angry Parents: Remind yourselves why you've been paying big money for a religious school education -- so your daughters could learn how to assimilate successfully into productive adulthood or so they could have a school-endorsed party after students vandalized the school and were disrespectful to school staff? Yes, those who did not participate in the vandalism deserve a party, so throw them one yourselves. Those who vandalized should be prosecuted.
MaryLynn Bertetto May 31, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Mercy high is now OFF my daughter's short list of schools.
Susie Hensoldt May 31, 2014 at 08:51 AM
The mom's should be ashamed of themselves!
Susie Hensoldt June 01, 2014 at 08:21 AM
My 24 year old daughter says, the girls don't need a prank day! They are in school to learn not vandalize !
Gail Soave June 02, 2014 at 10:18 AM
It is regrettable that the punishment for the "Crime" went way beyond just the seniors responsible for the prank. To me it was as mean spirited as the part of the prank that was deemed mean spirited.

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