Student Pep Rally: Epic Fail

Student Pep Rally: Epic Fail

Logansport High School seniors have always had tricks up their sleeves. It’s no surprise to the school — senior pranks have been traditions for years.

October 2nd started out as almost any other school Friday. Homecoming was that night, and the students were excited to see the football team play Kokomo High School. Throughout the morning, rumor circulated like wildfire about a “student-led pep rally” that was going to happen during 7th period.

“I thought it would be a great way to restore some sort of positive engagement within the student body. We got a lot taken away from us this year due to obvious reasons; we planned the pep rally with good heart and safety in mind,” senior Sal Scagnoli said.

Sal could be considered one of the “founding fathers” of the pep rally, along with a few other senior boys.

News of the pep rally soon spread throughout the entire school, and teachers were receiving passes left and right for their students to leave.

However, this surge of absences was soon met with some friction.

Snapchat stories abounded with letters from school officials claiming that any student who left for the pep rally would not be allowed into the Homecoming game that night. Suddenly, there was a bump in the road.

Some students took it upon themselves to check for locked and unlocked doors in the school. Within an hour of the first word spreading about the pep rally, most of the school was informed, and many students were called out to leave later that day.

Unsuspecting students in 4th period were met with the fateful ringing of the announcement bell. Anyone in-the-know knew what it was about. Principal Jones came on with a very special announcement.

“Make the right choice” was heard over the intercom as he addressed the school in regards to the rally.

After the announcement, tensions were only heightened as rumors from teachers and faculty members circulated through the school.

7th period finally came. A group of students assembled outside the Berry Bowl, escaping the grasp of school for a free period.

“We were having fun, distanced from each other, when a police officer came up and told us to leave, so we did,” said an anonymous senior.

After relocating to nearby Huston Park, students enjoyed free time with the nice Friday afternoon weather, until police showed up and most people scrambled yet again. From there, the ill-fated pep rally was no more.

Some people claim that the rally was harmless, and that the school didn’t walk in students’ shoes before making a decision.

“Looking back at it, the school didn’t take the time to look at it from the students’ position; rather, they looked at it through their own eyes and deemed our last 40 minutes of school too important to miss,” junior Chandler Achey said.

Aside from the outcome, this rally will live forever in school history as a moment where students tried to get their voices heard but failed.