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Pranking the Pranksters

As the school year comes to a close, the se­niors at William Kelley High School decided it was time for the annual senior prank before bidding adieu to high school. They decided to park all over the WKS parking lot, crisscross­ing paved lines and even on the sidewalk and grass, instead of in their designated senior parking spaces, on the morning of Wednes­day, May 24. Police Officer Sean Bergman ex­plained what happened next.

“I noticed on my morning patrol around the high school that the seniors were parked oddly and taking up more space than needed,” Officer Bergman said. He asked Principal Joe Nicklay if the parking job was their senior prank, and Nicklay answered in the affirmative. Bergman then stopped by J&H Auto Repair and Towing and told the tow truck driver about the prank.

“We both thought it would be a good idea to have some fun with them and make it look like we were going to tow their vehicles for being parked ‘illegally’,” Officer Bergman contin­ued. Principal Nicklay gave the go-ahead, and Bergman called the parents of one of the se­niors, who then gave him permission to hook up that student’s vehicle to the tow truck.

Around 10:00 a.m., the school made an an­nouncement over the P.A. system saying that all seniors needed to move their vehicles or they would be towed. The seniors came run­ning from the school in a panic, and Officer Bergman called them over to meet with him and the tow truck driver before they could get to their vehicles, saying he was going to ex­plain what would happen as a result of their parking prank.

Once the seniors gathered around Officer Bergman and the tow truck driver, he told them the joke was on them and sent them back to class. He recalls that everyone had a good laugh after finding out they weren’t actually being towed.

Congratulations to William Kelley senior class of 2023, and thank you to the Silver Bay Police Department and J&H Auto and Towing for making their prank even more memorable.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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