My friends and I pulled what we
think is one of the best senior pranks ever, or at
least what we've seen in our life time. I'd like to
begin with our freshman year of high school were we
truly began our time of mischief. During our freshman
year the stuff we did was small in comparison to the
We would drive teachers insane by
printing the letter K hundreds of times in size 72
font. This is where we gained our name of "The
K" that stuck with us for the rest of our high
Then our sophomore year we had planned
rolling some people one night. Then our sophomore
year consisted mostly of rolling. A few nights we
would roll several people using fifty to a hundred
rolls per house depending on the size of the yard.
We rolled a "good friend" of ours with two
hundred roles. I walked around and tore forty-eight
roles of toilet paper sheet by sheet on his front
yard. We left a winter wonderland for him in the morning.
Then our junior year we continued rolling and then
added egging and tipping portable toilets. Many nights
we would drive around and my buds would ride in the
back of my truck then we would egg on-coming cars,
people we knew, and random parked cars. The best area
to egg cars is an apartment complex. All of the cars
would be lined up for easy egging. One night we egged
a party with over two hundred eggs. It was held in
one of the nicest neighborhoods in out city with probably
thirty cars asking to me egged. We ended up in car
chase by some of people attending the party.
Another night we were chased by the
local cops after egging countless on coming cars started
around eight in the evening. Due to my aggressive
teenager driving ability we weren't caught in either
situation. Then all through out our senior year we
remained dormant except for planning our masterpiece
at the time of graduation. Without farther delay I'll
explain out great prank.
What is the one thing a city school
system can never function with out
? The answer:
School Buses. Since January of 2001 four seniors including
myself planned a senior prank to cancel school on
exam day for non graduating students. Our target:
"The bus barn." The bus barn was the compound
where the city stored its twenty plus buses each night.
Beginning January till May my buds and I had done
everything possible to scout out the bus barn. We
would drive by at different nights to look for cameras
and also try to figure out the patterns of the police
patrol cars. Also we would look for security cameras
and dogs left in the compound overnight. All of us
graduated May 19th 2001. The date of our prank was
May 23rd 2001, also the same date as exams for the
juniors, sophomores, and freshman.
Our plan was to make it appear as
if an underclassman was responsible for the prank.
We took very special care in every part of planning.
The tool was purchased months in advance and never
touched with out gloves on, in the rare circumstance
that we lost it running from cops. We had fully scouted
out the bus barn, had purchased latex gloves, and
ski masks to help prevent our identity from being
reveled in the event of camera or the cops fingerprinted
the tires. Once the date came around, Matt stayed
at my place. Then Dan stayed at pat's place. Around
two in the morning we met up. All piled into the cab
of a truck and left on vehicle at a different friend's
house to minimize the chance of a license plate being
seen. We planed to use two people to watch the two
routes that led to the bus barn. We dropped Patrick
off with a cell phone at the corner of one intersection
and let him hide in the foliage. Then the three left,
drove and parked about a mile and a half away in the
parking lot of a local stake house. From there we
entered into the woods where we walked probably a
half a mile to the next intersection.
Dan would cover this section. He
kept a cell phone and police scanner on to listen
incase cops were dispatched to the seen. After Dan
was fully hidden but able to cover his location, Matt
and I then continued. We also took a cell phone with
us so Dan or Pat could call in the event a cop was
on the way. We walked a mile through the woods to
the bus barn. He had to go through a major creek and
fields of grass at least four feet tall.
Once we neared the bus barn, we put
on our ski mask and latex gloves. We moved to the
fence of the bus barn then used Dan's fence repair
tool which allowed us to unbend the bottom parts of
the chain-link fence. Then we went under the fence
into the bus barn where we began the prank. We moved
bus to bus loosing the metal pin instead of the tire
stems. This would allow the air to seep out and allow
us to leave with out holding down the pin to release
the air. Plus our method wasn't very malicious. We
could have always just slashed the tires. About an
hour later, once all of the tires were slowly releasing
air we left. We called Dan to come pick us up. We
moved back into the woods and met him behind a building
in an empty parking lot. He then dropped us off at
matt's car, then he left to pick up Patrick. We each
returned home for the evening. Next morning I hear
on the radio, "Oh No! School has been canceled!
Someone decided to let the air out of the bus tires!"
We thought it was funny at the time. Turned out most
of the school system's administration didn't laugh.
The Perfect Crime...
The Cleveland City Schools System
has estimated a loss well into the thousands of dollars
following the vandalism to 19 school buses early Wednesday
morning, according to Dr. Rodney Fitzgerald with public
"To say that the prank has cost
the system over $5,000 would most likely not be far
off," said Fitzgerald.
Schools Director Dr. Rick Denning
said a $500 reward is being offered for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s)
responsible for the vandalism.
Cleveland Police Department reports
indicate Officer Mark Gibson was dispatched to the
Cleveland City School's Transportation Department
sometime around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The complainant, Tommy Green, told
Gibson that someone had flattened the tires on 19
No point of entry could be determined
at the time of the report as the gate was still locked
and all of the fence was intact.
Gibson contacted all school resource
officers and made them aware of the situation and
placed the transportation department area on extra
Although no suspects have been arrested
as of press time, the CPD has stated that the investigation
will continue until the culprits are found.
"The city's fleet manager was
notified at about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday that there was
a large number of flat tires on the schools' buses,"
said David Jones, public information officer for the
"He immediately dispatched two
mechanics from the public works department to the
Shortly thereafter, according to
Jones, two more city mechanics were sent, and because
of the large number of tires involved and the need
to have them immediately repaired, additional help
was called in.
"There were three wreckers and
two service trucks, plus the city's service truck
and a total of four city mechanics, plus the fleet
manager involved," Jones said. "Our personnel
was on the scene from between two and two-and a-half
Jones added, two of the buses that
had valve stems torn off needed additional repairs,
so the city contracted with a private tire company
to repair those tires. "The good news is that
the process went smoothly and no tires needed to be
completely replaced," Jones said. "The bad
news is that it ended up being a costly event in terms
of both human and financial resources."
Cleveland City students will
make up this day by attending classes all day today
and a half day on Friday.
Just When You Thought You Had
Gotten Away With It...
Two adults and two juveniles were
arrested Thursday in connection with the vandalism
of 19 school buses early Wednesday morning. The vandalism
forced cancellation of classes for the day, with students
to attend make-up classes.
Arrested were Zachery Mosayebi, 18,
Daniel Humberd, 18, and two 17-year-old juveniles.
According to police reports, all
four of the young men confessed to the crime.
All have been charged with 20 counts of vandalism
over $500, according to Cleveland Police Department
Detective Steve Bennett and School Resource Officer
The school system estimated a loss
well into the thousands of dollars as a result of
the incident. "To say the prank has cost the
system over $5,000 would most likely not be far off,"
said Dr. Rodney Fitzgerald with public information.
CPD was dispatched to the Cleveland
City School's Transportation Department on Mouse Creek
Road sometime around 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to
reports. No point of entry could be determined, as
the gate was still locked and all of the fence was
"The good news is that the process
of correcting the damage went smoothly and no tires
needed to be completely replaced," said David
Jones, public information officer for the city.
"The bad news is that
it ended up being a costly event in terms of both
financial and human resources," Jones added.