Good Old-Fashioned Food Fight at East Bay High School Makes Headlines

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Gross but safe fun
It was innocent fun -- a flashback to the good 'ol days in high school. You know, when kids weren't shooting each other for no reason. Still, the senior class at Leadership High School in Hayward are in big trouble after a group of teens started a food fight that escalated in the school cafeteria.

Of course, school officials are not impressed by the soon-to-be-college kids' behavior. They told media outlets that the senior prank went too far, calling the old-fashioned fun "devastating." 

"There are going to be consequences," principal Lauren Klaffky says.

Seniors said that the planned food fight was just innocent fun that turned, well, sour. It all started with someone getting cake in the face and ended with oranges hurled so hard that one student had to go to the hospital.

"They're good kids. They do well in school. It was a senior prank. They just wanted to go out with a bang," Franco Cruz-Ochoa, a senior, told KTVU. "It just kind of exploded. Everyone throwing stuff all over the place."

The teens tried cleaning up the mess on their own, hoping to avoid trouble, but school officials suspended the seniors and canceled their prom as well as their senior trip to Disneyland. Parents are upset because only about 30 students started the food fight, yet the school is punishing the entire senior class -- all 100 of them.

Students reportedly said whatever the punishment is, it was worth the messy time. They had fun. And let's face it, some cake in the face is better than a bullet in the eye.

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Twoproper
Twoproper

THIS IS HILARIOUS! I am also apart of the inaugural class of LPS Hayward and I think those students who started the fight are idiots. Grad Night 2009 was off the hook 

Sara
Sara

im Sara Gilstrap-Harries. i attended LPS Hayward from 2005-2009, was part of the inagural class(until i moved away). and call the food fight whatever you like "good ol fashion fun" whatever, but thats not what LPS is all about.  i dont know if it is because Wandera was my advisor but i agree with this, this is how i was while my class was there, your class is your family. you succeed or fail together. thats just how it is at LPS. and you dont have to like it, if you dont like it so much, leave! or hush and follow the rules! LPS isnt about leaving your mark with some two minute food throwing fest, its about getting students as ready as possible for university.

Alice
Alice

 Let's get real. Both were in the wrong but in the case of the administration their response went out of hand especially for those who did not participate. Sure let them punish those who participated but for the other students who were not involved the staff's reaction went to far when they kicked all the students out. That was just plain inappropriateand irresponsible on the administration's part. They are still kids having fun and if they wanted to participate then let those who did suffer the consequences. They all had the choice so not all should suffer the same consequences. That's not how life works.

Guest
Guest

Exactly, ..there were 70 other senior's that made the right decision not to participate & they were punished anyway's.  I'm not happy about the student's who disrespected you but your decision was wrong to punish everyone. 

Guest
Guest

I find it remarkable how a simple food fight at an astonishing school, such as LPS Hayward, makes headlines. In reality, seniors tried to leave a mark, a legend to leave behind the campus walls for students to remeber them for their "prank". However, a prank should be an unexpected, playful trick or action, but should never become harmful to anyone. Lets face it, the seniors thought they had everything under control yet demonstrated disrespect towards, not only the school, but the faculty members as well by trashing the cafeteria. These students knew there were going to be concequenses, yet they disregarded them and decied to put in risk many things; now they must assume the concequences as drastic as they may seem. On the other hand, LPS school shouldn't be recognized or remembered for a foolish food fight but rather their academic achievements and outstanding performing students and admirable administration who work really hard everyday to see the school succeed.

Guest
Guest

Yes this is an amazing staff & school, but they are human & need to admit when they make mistake's too. The fact is Mr Wandera was there watching the whole thing say's he obviously did not know how out of hand this was going to get himself. So the intentions were innocent & fun at start. It was a few outsider's that we're not senior's that saw what was going on & took it to the next level where an oarnge was thrown & a teacher was hit by an egg. We all have our blow up moment's, & Mr. Wandera did have that moment making the decision right on the spot to ban every event till the end of the year to all seniors. What amaze's me is the principle agreed to his blow-up decision instead of making such a harsh punishment with a clamer head after fact's have been gathered.  It lead's me to beleive what many student's say is true when they say the staff & other student's are afraid of any conflict with Mr. Wandera? If you want to lead by example then just admit things got out of hand on BOTH side's. This punishment is too harsh for this crime & these kid's do not deserve these once in a lifetime event's to be taken from them,..especially when the majority had nothing to do with it. If you are a family, as this school claim's,  then you learn & heal & forgive. JUST ADMIT IT,...if you we're their age,you know a food fight would be fun :)

Kendle Vargas
Kendle Vargas

 i understand how fun it must seem but it is disrespectful, and not well thought through. things shouldnt of gotten this bad but now it did and punishment should be applied bc this just isnt acceptable. that is my thought from being at the school, its just so bad bc were hurt that this even occured

Kendle Vargas
Kendle Vargas

 My name is Kendle Vargas and I am a Sophomore attending LPS Highschool in Hayward, I disagree with how you will only let seniors who got privlidges taken away speak because it is a bias poll of our school speaking and that mak it unworthy and unjustice news. Our school is the top charter school in California. We were voted as one of the top 18 schools in the United States by Intel, of which we were one of three high schools chosen. Of our Sophomores 99.1% passed the Math section of the California Exit Exam, and 98.2% in English. So if anything, our school should be praised for our accomplishments, not put down for a small event. Yes our seniors had a bad day and an event were some got hurt but they need to get punished, for actions taken. LPS is a family we are a community and we have a strong fondation at our school. If you want news at our school great talk to us about our testing, our accidemics we have no shame in that; sports, community our greater good , do not focus on an event that occured over a two minuet period.

Nrspenny
Nrspenny

I think punishment is fine, however it does not fit the crime in this case. Congratulations on the academic success of your school.

Guest
Guest

*correction* the kid that got hit in the face with an orange did not go to the hospital. He went home after school on his skateboard.

Guest
Guest

Sorry, Erin Sherbert, but you need to get your facts correct.  The food fight was not good "old fashioned fun" - not only did the students throw food at other students, they also threw food at the Teachers, Principal, and Dean of Students - an act of total disrespect and disregard for their leadership. This is a school that is doing phenomenal things for the Hayward community and working hard to close the education gap in this country.  Why not report on the fact that this school ranked in the top 3% of CA high schools who serve a majority of low-income students?  Or the fact that they were ranked third among high-performing schools in California in 2010 for their API gain?  Or that they had a 98% pass rate for English and 99% pass rate for Math on the CAHSEE, while the current state average is an 81% pass rate?  This school is proving that low-income, East Bay students have a chance to perform just as well as those sitting 15 miles away on the Peninsula.  They succeed together as a team, and they fall together as a team - the consequences of having their prom and senior trip canceled are minor compared to what could happen if these kids weren't attending this school.

Guest
Guest

 The above comment is from the Dean of Students most likely, Omar Wandera. The whole idea that "we all fall as one" is something he strongly advocates, so this leads me to believe it's him. Only 30 students took part in the fight. Not everyone deserves to suffer, as a lot of students didn't even know it was happening in the first place. May I add that the entire time, he stood and watched the fight take place and NEVER even made an attempt to stop it. In fact, he even said things such as "have fun, you'll suffer for it later". Then, he kicked every one of the seniors out of the school before school was over, therefore breaking the law.

Frenchcheesey
Frenchcheesey

Well they kind of are idiots for canceling the prom and senior trip when only 30 of the 100 students participated.  Especially since the students were also suspended and that will affect them academically. 

curtrock
curtrock

the faculty are idiots

Pistchristo
Pistchristo

 I don't see how students having a food fight makes the faculty "idiots"?

guest
guest

 that person is probably calling the faculty idiots for not doing anything to actually stop the food fight.

None
None

Excuse me...but the faculty work very hard and many hours to help these kids succeed and go to college!  Calling them idiots is idiotic on your part.

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