Pranking a friend or family member can be hilarious, as long as no feelings (or body parts) get hurt.
But some pranks are just not a good idea. Some teachers at Roseland public school in Windsor, Ontario recently demonstrated what not to do, the Windsor Star reports.
A group of them gathered students from the school's two grade eight classes together and gave them some great news: for their year-end trip, the graduating class would be going to Disney World!
The teachers recorded the students' reactions on an iPad, played a video of what they'd be doing, and did a PowerPoint presentation on the resort where they'd be staying.
When one student asked about the cost of the trip, a teacher said flights would be "super cheap." Teachers even passed around brochures and hotel information, and asked students to yell out "We're going to Disney!"
Then, they showed the last slide of the presentation, revealing that the kids were actually going to a local bowling alley.
A lot of parents are wondering how the prank happened.
Bonnie Stewart, the mother of twins who go to Roseland, came home to find her two kids in bed at 5 pm.
"I went into my daughter's room, and I told her I was so sorry, she just looked so sad," Stewart told the Windsor Star. "They felt they were made fools of, it was humiliating," she added.
Another parent, Peter Topolovec, said "I have a lot of respect for what teachers do, but this was really stupid judgment." He also said what the teachers did is "bullying, and there should be zero tolerance."
The director of education for the Greater Essex County District School Board seems to agree: "It was a huge error in judgment," Warren Kennedy told the Star. "I don't think anyone is happy about this," he went on, saying apologies were sent out and that the teachers involved "realize their error."
It sounds like even some of the teachers who took part in the prank weren't prepared for the reaction they got from the students. One student-teacher nearly came to tears watching the kids take in the news that they'd been pranked.
According to Topolovec, parents were told the whole thing was orchestrated to punish one student for snooping on teachers' desks.
They planted the Disney information in order to fool that one student, and then played a prank on all the other kids.
"To teach one student a lesson, they humiliated 60 students," Topolovec said.
Via the Windsor Star