20 Times Students Taught Their Teachers A Lesson

High-school senior pranks are basically the cornerstone of education, right? Okay, so maybe all the classes, exams and grades play their part too. But at the end of it all, there’s nothing quite like blowing off a little steam with a hilariously epic prank. And sometimes, students can get seriously creative.

Want to annoy your principal, but are worried about going too far? Simple. Just hire a mariachi band to follow them around. Indeed, that’s exactly what these students did. Thankfully, their principal seemed to take it in her stride.

In 2014 the seniors at Southern Guildford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, decided that they might be able to make a little money out of their graduation. So they snapped a photo and posted it to Craigslist, where they offered their school for sale at an appropriate $2,014. And the generous sellers even offered the underclassmen as part of the deal.

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Covering your school in toilet paper is a classic senior prank. But these kids clearly took the gag a little further. Indeed, we can’t begin to fathom just how many rolls this required – nor how much time and effort they had to put in.

Taking the TP’ing one step further, however, are the brains behind this brilliant gag. Instead of using it to simply decorate the walls and furniture, they’ve had a ticker-tape parade – inside the school. We reckon a few bollards may have been erected after this.

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At some point, you have to wonder whether a prank is worth the effort. Some 12,000 cups later, we bet these kids were thinking exactly that. But no doubt when they saw the look on the faces of the staff, they realized that it was definitely worth it. And you’ve got to admire the dedication…

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As creative pranks go, this must be right up there. Indeed, getting goldfish into every single water bottle in the vending machine is basically a masterclass in planning, engineering and ingenuity. These kids will definitely go far in life.

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Everyone knows that Nicolas Cage is all the rage. And that’s probably why these sneaky seniors decided to plaster his face all over their school. Still, we can’t imagine the teachers minded very much – after all, who doesn’t love a bit of Nic Cage?

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Covering everything in cellophane is so 1999. Tin foil is the future – as evidenced by the fact that this room looks like it has come straight out of a sci-fi movie. Like a low-budget I, Robot remake, perhaps.

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These shrewd seniors apparently filled their principal secretary’s office full of Styrofoam peanuts while she was still inside. After all, how else do you account for the fact that there’s no walkway between the door and the desk?

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We’re not quite sure how these kids managed to get up to the roof to remove letters from the “Pinecrest High School” sign. But chances are, it didn’t stay this way for long. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the school was later renamed in order to avoid this kind of hilarious prank being repeated.

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There’s nothing like a giant, inflatable astronaut to get your teachers’ attention. Indeed, we bet the staff members at this school couldn’t believe their eyes when they turned up to work that day. In which case, we’d say that’s mission accomplished. Houston, we have zero problems.

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Hey, at least if anyone has a sudden brainwave they want to write down, they won’t be short on places to do it. Just like the cups prank, we can’t imagine this was easy. But you’ve got to give credit where it’s due for commitment to the gag.

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We bet this school principal was surprised when he turned up to find a rowboat in his parking spot. Quite how these seniors managed to transport it across the parking lot, however, we may never know. Or indeed, where on Earth they got it from.

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Okay, maybe sometimes the cellophane gag does work. After all, it’s a pretty timeless prank – especially when it’s taken to an extreme like this. Indeed, these kids claim to have wrapped the entire school in the plastic film. Points for effort, then.

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Notice anything odd about the above yearbook photo? Yes, four of the students are wearing the same shirt. And not just any shirt, but a shirt with pineapples printed all over it. It’s no wonder they call themselves the Pineapple Pack. Indeed, this will be a yearbook long remembered.

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String, glorious string. This is a majestic feat in pranking; one that no doubt took much effort to construct. And while we sadly have no evidence of the teachers’ faces when they walked into the room, it’s not hard to imagine how priceless it must have been.

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Turning your desks sideways might not seem like such a great prank at face value. But it was no doubt all worth it for that split second of confusion upon the teacher’s face when they walked into the room. And as harmless pranks go, it’s at least pretty inventive.

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This poor, unsuspecting teacher likely had the fright of their life walking into this classroom. Indeed, while these students may have simply put their uniforms on backwards, the long hair really makes the scene look like something out of a creepy horror film.

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In a prank of Herculean proportions, these seniors apparently decided to move their teacher’s desk to the roof. It seems, however, that they didn’t count on their teacher playing along – and moving to the roof himself. Teacher one, kids nil.

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Sometimes, the simple high-school pranks are the best. And these sly seniors clearly know it. After all, they’re not wrong – that’s definitely a wet floor. The wettest, in fact. Indeed, it doesn’t get much punnier than this.

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