May 22, 2013 —
The Barkers said they understand the payment but believe the students should have been allowed to walk at graduation.
State Sen. Robin Webb, on her Facebook page, offered the following opinion in a post:
“East Carter High School was pranked by some younguns in the release of some pretty good fishing bait in the form of crickets. It is rumored that seniors implicated in the release may not be allowed to walk across stage at graduation. As a former class president, parent and taxpayer, let these young folks walk. Maybe they could pay for cleanup, do some school service, or something positive, after due process takes its course. I have read with interest posts relating to Bugs, not Drugs, which is a good one. Look it could be drugs, gangs, vandalism or many other things. Rational thought must rule the day. Free the Cricket(eers).”
State Rep. Jill York also chimed in via Facebook, posting a photo of Jiminy Cricket:
“East Carter's ‘Cricketeers’ ingenious prank revealed creativity and humor. I'm sure an equally creative and realistic punishment can be found that allows these seniors to participate in their graduation. Let them walk!”