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Student 'pranksters' who vandalized Key West High banned from the prom

Syrup sticks.

Fifteen Key West High School students found that out after Principal Amber Bosco suspended them Thursday afternoon for their roles in what's been called a senior prank involving the sweet substance the night before on campus. The prank: Large-scale vandalism.

Besides their suspensions, which ended Tuesday, the 15 students were barred from Monday night's prom at the Casa Marina Resort on Reynolds Street.

"They will be able to walk," Bosco said, referring to Key West High's graduation, which is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium on Kennedy Drive. The commencement speaker is Key West lawyer Michael Halpern.

The students also are allowed to attend tonight's scholarships ceremony, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the school's auditorium.

The 15 suspended and prom-banned seniors make up almost 6 percent of Key West's expected graduating class of 257 students.

City police responded to the high school on Flagler Avenue at 11:45 p.m. May 27 and found the grounds in "complete disarray." Officer Thomas Anglin wrote in a report that up to 30 students vandalized school property, which included knocked-over garbage cans, toilet paper on the ground and in trees, and syrup poured over tables.

Small desks were thrown in the halls and on the roof. Also found on the scene -- a class of 2015 banner.

Bosco said only 15 students were caught by police. However, according to the report, police saw "20-30 individuals running toward the back gate" at 5th Street. Like something out of a movie, police also saw several pickup trucks speed away.

Bosco said it took about five hours to clean up the mess; that was completed by Thursday morning. She did not have a cost estimate. Police did not file any criminal charges against the students.

This isn't the first so-called senior prank to hit a Keys high school. Employees at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier found orange spray paint on walls and desks, toilet paper and graffiti including "seniors" in June 2011.

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