MTV Re-Creates Prank on Cary-Grove High

By Krone, Emily | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 19, 2005 | Go to article overview

MTV Re-Creates Prank on Cary-Grove High


Krone, Emily, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Emily Krone Daily Herald Staff Writer

How's this for some "Real World?"

On Saturday, MTV will film how Cary-Grove High School got "Punk'd."

The cable network will dump a dilapidated boat in Jaycee pond in Cary, re-creating the prank perpetrated by the Cary-Grove class of 2004.

The Cary Park District agreed to let MTV film in Cary as part of the "High School Stories" series, which chronicles "outrageous antics of high school students," according to the show's Web site.

The actual prank occurred at a pond on school property, but Cary-Grove would not grant MTV permission to film there.

Instead, MTV will reconstruct the prank on park district property. The documentary will feature five members of last year's senior class and include short interviews from 10 others.

The shoot comes at the height of senior prank season and one month after a St. Charles police officer suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing students involved in a senior prank.

The fatal outcome of the St. Charles prank compelled area principals to clamp down on end-of-the-year high jinks.

"Our concern is someone's going to try to one-up the prank," Cary-Grove Principal Sue Popp said. "School pranks can be taken to an extent where there are criminal activities conducted, and we don't want to contribute to that."

Cary Mayor Steve Lamal echoed Popp's concerns. "I am worried about one-upmanship," he said. …

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