Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Horrible Senior 'Pranks' Result In Animal Abuse, Vandalism Investigations

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Students at two separate Southern California high schools are in deep trouble after their senior 'pranks' went horribly, horribly wrong, and have resulted in serious investigations of animal abuse and vandalism.

NBC L.A. reports that a 5-year-old goat named Baby went missing on May 19, and was found the next day at Ganesha High School in Pomona with a broken leg, its body shaved and spray painted with the Ganesha High colors. Baby's owner told NBC, "They came in the middle of the night and stole her from our property and took her to the school and painted on her and who knows what else they've done to her."

NBC reports that Baby died Thursday after surgery. The Inland Valley Humane Society, who is investigating the incident, could not be reached for comment on Saturday afternoon.

One Twitter user (who wished to remain anonymous, and protected her tweets after we contacted her) told LAist that she's a relative of Baby's owner. She said that the goat's mouth was suspiciously swollen, and that "more than 4 guys" were suspected of stealing and abusing the goat. NBC reported the prank could have involved up to 30 people.

Support for LAist comes from

Pomona Unified School District said in a statement that the "safety of our students, staff and campus facilities, as well as superlative respect to our local community." So far, Ganesha High has yet to publicly address the incident, only saying that they could not comment on an ongoing investigation. The school was the site of a Bernie Sanders rally on Thursday.

And in another gross/sad incident, this one in Riverside, at least three rabbits were found dead at Riverside Polytechnic High School early Friday morning.

According to the Press Enterprise, along with the dead rabbits, there was also graffiti, trash, toilet paper hanging from trees, and broken windows on the school's campus.

Principal Michael Roe told the Press Enterprise that the vandalism portion of the prank was not part of the "organized" senior prank, saying, "On all the stuff that we're pulling together, we had some students that wanted to come and have a little bit of glitter and balloons." Roe said it appears that others found out about that, and added their own rabbit-murdering panache to the prank.

"I think the most excessive part of it was just the rabbits," said Poly High sophomore Kade Hutchinson. "If you're hunting rabbits, that's fine with me, but to kill them for a prank is unnecessary. I think a senior prank should be innocent fun, not over the top."

Warning: this is graphic and sad:

Really, teens?