Friday, September 16, 2005

Principal Chases Streaker in Gorilla Mask

Some may have called it monkeying around, but school officials didn't find the stunt amusing. A 17-year-old student was arrested Monday after streaking through his high school wearing only a gorilla mask and outrunning the school principal.

Union Springs High School Principal Kimberle Ward -- who said she runs three to five miles a day -- couldn't catch the fleeing student, but she was able to help police identify the teen after watching a hallway surveillance camera video and interviewing students.

"There's no way anyone in the district would consider this a prank," said District Superintendent Linda Rice. "We're here to teach children, and we do have high standards."

The student, whose name was withheld by police and school officials, was charged with exposure, a violation punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a $250 fine. He also faces up to five days' suspension and possibly more severe punishment if the case goes to a hearing before the superintendent.

The student said he had been dared by friends to streak through the school, according to police.

Thus ends a slow week in monkey news.

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