COPIAGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Parents of students barred from their Long Island high school commencement ceremony because of a senior prank are asking district officials to reconsider the ban.

Officials say students broke into Copiague (COH'-payg) High School earlier this month and vandalized portions of the building. The damage included a smashed projector and the ransacking of an assistant principal's office.

District officials aren't saying how many students were involved or how they're being punished, but parents tell Newsday ( ) that more than 30 seniors out of a graduating class of 388 are barred from attending Thursday night's graduation ceremony at the school.

Parents urged board of education members Monday night to allow the banned students to attend, including those who were there during the vandalism but never entered the school.


Information from: Newsday,

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