29 eighth-graders at Readington Middle School in New Jersey are facing detention after protesting their short lunch period by paying for their lunches with nearly 6,000 pennies last week.
"At first it started out as a joke, then everyone else started saying we're protesting against like how short our lunch is," student Alyssa Concannon said. Eighth grader Jenny Hunt said in hindsight, the prank may have been a bad idea. "Maybe we should have thought before we did it," she said.
Personally, I think they key is that the students never brought up their grievance before they pulled the prank, according to Readington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff. He indicated that if they had, the school would have worked with them.
"There are opportunities and avenues to raise concern," Schiff said. "There are ways to express yourself that are not disruptive to other kids and disrespectful to staff."
The eighth graders earned two days detention, and continued protesting Friday by brown-bagging it, but also gave the lunch ladies cards apologizing.