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Published March 31, 2010, 08:37 AM

Parents and students upset over prom prank

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some Fargo North students and administrators are in hot water with some angry parents after a prank over prom. The early April Fools joke, that prom was canceled, spread quickly from teenagers to parents, which led to countless complaints.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Hours after the prank started then ended, school and district leaders still won't say much. Some say this joke is already negative publicity. Others say they're in enough trouble so they won't go on camera.

“Definitely a bigger reaction than we expected.”

Student Council President Kim Henze says she didn't mean to offend anyone, but that's exactly what happened.

“We started brain storming ideas what we could do. A prank we could pull on the school.”

The council, made up of 30 students, came up with the joke to cancel prom because of previous problems, weeks ago.

“It was the most likely to get a reaction.”

Henze calls this time of year boring so she thought this would be fun. The school's principals OK’d the prank. In fact, it was the assistant principal who announced it on the intercom.

“They OK’d it. We got the exact words that we wanted said. We got that approved and we just went through with it.”

The prank, which was to last five hours, only lasted one. Stunned students, mainly girls excited for the big night, immediately told their parents. Their parents then complained.

“It seemed like a lot of people were secretly texting.”

Senior Emily Beierle was excited to go to her first and last prom. She still hadn't picked out a dress

“And then when I found out it was a joke I didn't think it was funny either because so many people were like crying and really upset.”

Other students say the school administration has never pulled a prank before and this went too far.

“If they did it on April Fools' Day, I think it would have been kind of fair, but today it's just like no.

The prank is the talk of the halls. Students and parents angry they had spent hundreds of dollars on dresses. Now, one of those students behind it says she'd do it again.

“I think so, but I think I might change the prank; maybe not as serious of one.”

Principal Andy Dahlen would not go on camera saying this is the first time in 18 years he has said no to an interview. School District leaders and two other Fargo North administrators declined an interview. Prom will still go on April 24th.