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Suspended For This?!?

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:07 pm

Yahoo.com wrote: HILLIARD, Ohio - A high school student who tricked football fans from a crosstown rival into holding up signs that together spelled out, "We Suck," was suspended for the prank, students said.

Kyle Garchar, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in suburban Columbus, said he spent about 20 hours over three days plotting the trick, which was captured on video and posted on the video-sharing Web site YouTube. He said he was inspired by a similar prank pulled by Yale students in 2004, when Harvard fans were duped into holding up cards with the same message.

At the end of the video, Garchar wryly thanks the 800 Hilliard Darby High School supporters who raised the cards at the start of the third quarter during last Friday's football game.

"It couldn't have been done without you," reads the closing frame of the video.

Garchar, 17, created a grid to plan how the message would be spelled out once fans in three sections held up either a black or white piece of construction paper.

Directions left on stadium seats instructed fans to check that the number listed on their papers matched their seat numbers. Darby supporters were told the message would read "Go Darby."

"It was tedious," Garchar said. "I didn't really think it was going to work."

But it did, and everyone at Davidson has been talking it ever since, said Jordan Moore, a junior.

"That was the ultimate in-your-face," he said. "I think it was ingenious."

Davidson Principal John Bandow had told students that he expected them to show sportsmanship at the game, which Darby won 21-10.

Bandow gave Garchar and two students who helped him three days of in-school suspension and banned them from extracurricular activities for a semester, the students said.

Hilliard schools spokeswoman Michelle Wray said she couldn't confirm the punishment because the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act forbids the release of student disciplinary information.

"We weren't expecting it to be such a severe punishment," said Jen Trimmer, 17, one of the students involved. "We just thought it was all in good fun."

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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby Madison » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:12 pm

You sound surprised... :-? Plus it's 3 days of in-school suspension. No big deal there. The semester ban on school activities seems strong though.

Here's some discussion on it:

http://www.fantasyfootballcafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=339773
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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:18 pm

Seems like a perfectly harmless prank.
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Postby Simulacrum » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:55 pm

It was a little tough to read the WE SUCK, but I still applaud the kid. Funny prank, ballsy, well executed.
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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby The Artful Dodger » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:57 pm

Nice card display prank. Seemed harmless for what it was, just given how pedestrian sounding the message was anyway. I know we couldn't get away with something like this at my alma mater because there is a relatively strict sportsmanship code that has to be followed.
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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby Madison » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:31 pm

StlSluggers wrote:Seems like a perfectly harmless prank.


Until one of the people who held up the sign sue for "emotional distress and public embarrassment"..........and win.

I've seen dumber cases win.

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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby Phatferd » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:35 pm

Madison wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:Seems like a perfectly harmless prank.


Until one of the people who held up the sign sue for "emotional distress and public embarrassment"..........and win.

I've seen dumber cases win.

Welcome to what the country has become. :-/


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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby jlm53089 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:38 am

in case you didnt know this. yale did this to harvard in a football game a few years ago. they dressed as spirit leaders and handed out signs and it said we suck
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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby Mookie4ever » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:56 am

jlm53089 wrote:in case you didnt know this. yale did this to harvard in a football game a few years ago. they dressed as spirit leaders and handed out signs and it said we suck


Hey that would have been great to put in the original article. You should send the author a PM telling him that he really messed up by not doing basic research like that.
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Re: Suspended For This?!?

Postby davidmarver » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:57 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:
jlm53089 wrote:in case you didnt know this. yale did this to harvard in a football game a few years ago. they dressed as spirit leaders and handed out signs and it said we suck


Hey that would have been great to put in the original article. You should send the author a PM telling him that he really messed up by not doing basic research like that.

It's kinda like that time you thought Saltalamacchia was on your Hot Stove team.
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