Senior prank gets Palo Alto High School senior arrested
“We have a history of pranks that have gone really, really bad as far as personal and property damage”
Police arrested Daniel Blaine Marchant on Tuesday on suspicion of felony vandalism as well as a misdemeanor -- defacing the vehicle identification number on his 1994 Volvo station wagon so it couldn't be traced ... via SFGate
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#1 Jun 7, 2007
As a former graduate of Palo Alto High School, I would like to put in my two cents about the arrest of Dan Marchant.
Throughout generations of Palo Alto graduates, the senior prank is a time honored tradition. Occassionally things go wrong as they do in virtually every other legal and illegal activity.
During my years at Paly, there were two pranks that were memorable:
1. The seniors sedated a skunk. Broke into the school during the wee hours of the morning and chained the skunk to the top of the school's boiler. When the janitor turned on the boiler to heat the school at 6 a.m., the skunk woke up and sprayed its stink. By 8 a.m., the foul smell had circulated to all of the classrooms. Classes were cancelled for the day.
2. A group of seniors from a chemistry class concocted a substance that would turn black when exposed to urine. On the evening of the school's aquacade, they dumped this secret substance into the school's swimming pool. With hundreds of spectators in the stands and two dozen bathing suit clad damsels performing synchronized movements in the brightly lit pool, one of the girls swam to her position in the corner of the pool and rested on the side. Suddenly, a black cloud began to form between her legs. It took the crowd a couple of seconds to catch on. It was, by far, the most memorable aquacade that anyone had ever attended. Those of us who were there are still laughing forty years later.
Crimes were committed but some things need to be tolerated. Let's not forget that Stanford and Cal students have been breaking into each other's school for over a century to steal the coveted axe.
At worst, the Marchant family should pay for any damages.
#2 Jul 13, 2007
im going to do this for my senior prank its the funniest thing ive ever heard
#3 Jul 13, 2007
that was the funniest prank ii ever heard i may do it
#4 Jul 18, 2007
me and some friends want to know if puting condoms on all the doors of the high school is funny comment and tell me
#5 Aug 27, 2007
be original - turn them into helium balloons and let them float around the school.
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