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Don’t Panic! This Optical Illusion is Just a Brilliant Senior Prank

posted: 05/23/18
by: Amanda Mushro


Senior pranks have become a rite of passage for students. While many of these pranks involve releasing hundreds of balloons into the hallways of a school or finding creative ways to block teachers' cars in the parking lot, a group of seniors at a Wisconsin high school outdid themselves with their over-the-top senior prank. In fact, the local police gave these kids a round of applause for their prank skills.

Four seniors from Cumberland High School created an optical illusion to look like a car had crashed into the side of the school. Check out the pictures to see what these kids pulled off!

In a post on the school's Facebook page, where pictures of the prank were shared, the principal wrote "You had everyone a little nervous this morning! The police department is saying this senior pranks was "one of the best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen."

For the prank, the students managed to position a car to look like it had crashed into the side of the school. With loose bricks spread everywhere and a giant gaping black hole in the side of building, the placement of this horrific "accident" was brilliant--the outside wall of the principal's office.

So how did they pull off this prank? Lots of planning and creativity. Since one member of the prank team is the son of the school's shop teacher who also owns an automotive shop, the boys found and sawed off the front end of a car so it would fit tightly against the wall of the school. The giant black hole was created with tape and a black tarp and they even found bricks to match those of the school. Finally duct tape to make the skid marks behind the car. The four seniors got to the school around midnight and put the entire scene together in ten minutes.

Probably the most amazing part of the prank was the easy clean up. "The best part? This prank included absolutely no damage at all to school property, which is why police singled it out." The boys thought no one would see their work until school started, but someone drove by the school around 3AM and called the police to report an accident. Luckily the police quickly figured out this was only an elaborate prank. "Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank," wrote the Cumberland Police Department on the school's Facebook post.

Sorry, Class of 2019, but you better start planning your prank now if you want to top this one.