Bowie High evacuated after 'senior prank' involving squirt guns and fireworks

John McNamara

In what Bowie High School Principal Robynne Prince described as a “senior prank,” a small group of students sprayed other students and staff members with squirt guns and set off fireworks in a school hallway Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m., according to a letter posted on the school website. Prince said the incident led to an evacuation of the school.

“The school administration is taking this incident very seriously,” she wrote. “The students involved will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law and disciplined according to the PGCPS Student Code of Conduct.”

According to the student code, a student who “disrupts the school environment and/or school-related activities” can face a suspension of one to three days.

However, a long-term suspension (four to 10 days) or an extended suspension (11-45 days) may be administered “for behavior that significantly disrupts the educational environment in the school, on the bus or at school activities and affects the safety of others,” according to the code.

“I am really disappointed by the dangerous and reckless behavior displayed by this small group of students,” Prince wrote. “I know they do not represent the student body of Bowie HS, nor do they represent all the amazing accomplishments of our senior class.”

The regular school year in Prince George’s County has about a month left.

Bowie High School’s 2018 graduation is scheduled for May 30th at the Xfinity Center, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

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