High school seniors suspended for riding lawnmowers to school
POSTED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Nine Huntsville, Arkansas high school students were suspended Thursday for riding their lawnmowers to school.
Eren Watkins, Aaron Whorton, Colton Cartmell, Josh Marshall, Kyler Dennis, Caleb Schaefer, Taylor Counts, Britton Young, Cole Reynolds are now known as The Lawnmower Boys.
The Huntsville High School seniors are not cutting class.
"Everybody talks about doing a senior prank, but nobody ever does it so we just, I don't know, decided we'd do it," said Josh Marshall.
They are cutting grass and paying a price for riding their lawnmowers to school morning.
"We met about half a mile away from school. We just unloaded the lawnmowers and took off," said Marshall.
Huntsville Superintendent Dr. Robert Allen says there are three reasons for the boys' two-day suspension.
"Disruption of school, safety concerns were another, and then finally the violation of parking privileges," Allen explained.
Allen says he does not want students trying to one-up each other.
"We shouldn't just ignore it, we did need to do something about it," he added.
The Lawnmower Boys say it is nice to know they have back up.
"We didn't just go out by ourselves, everybody was supporting us so it was good to see that," said Caleb Schaefer.
The boys say their fellow students are protesting their punishment and showing some love for The Lawnmower Boys.
"We thought it'd be something different," said Eren Watkins.
"We don't back out...we took it all the way this time," said Cole Reynolds.
"We knew it'd be funny and get people's attention," said Marshall.
As a way make something positive out of this the students say they are planning to sell "The Lawnmower Boy" t-shirts and have all the proceeds go to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.