(ROSEMOUNT, Minn.) — A Minnesota high school principal is apologizing for a pep rally prank in which the captains of the school’s sports teams were tricked into locking lips with their own parents.
The athletes were blindfolded at the winter pep fest and told they would be kissed by a special someone, presumably a fellow student. Instead, they were kissed by their own parents, who were not blindfolded.
The prank was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, where various versions of the video had over 33,000 hits as of Friday morning.
Some of the kisses in the video lasted for several seconds; the footage shows one pair kissing and rolling around on the ground.
One student, still blindfolded, was asked if he knew who had kissed him, and responded that his “special someone” had “luscious lips.”
After receiving about a dozen complaints from people inside and outside the district, John Wollersheim, the high school’s principal, apologized for the prank.
“This activity was intended to be fun, but some found it offensive,” he wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “We apologize to anyone who was offended by this activity.”
Wollersheim received both positive and negative feedback in emails from those who had viewed the video, some feeling the school’s critics should have a better sense of humor.
For others, the video was an example of the school teaching students poor values.
“What can possibly be the justification for ridiculing students and their parents in pseudo sexual manner!” one person wrote in an email. “What are we telling students if this sort of thing is not only condoned by the administration but blatantly encouraged?”
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