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Senior prank: New Smyrna Beach High School 'for sale'

New Smyrna Beach High SchoolNew Smyrna Beach High School senior class prank
Photos by Jeanette DiCara / Just how this sign -- an apparent senior class prank -- was able to be posted so high off the ground remains a mystery.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- As I drove two of my daughters to New Smyrna Beach High School on Monday, May 9, I saw a sign on the building: "FOR SALE." I thought, "Ha! That's a good one."

It was carefully tied 20 feet above the ground. I laughed when I saw that the 2011 senior class took credit for it. Of course, this is the school prank of 2011 that seniors traditionally leave behind.

Jim Tager, principal of the high school said he doesn't know who did it. He's glad this year's prank was not anything destructive. His biggest worry was how high off the ground it was placed by someone.

It would seem that a cherry picker type of vehicle would have done it because of the slope on the roof below it and the height of the rope tied, but I don't think the school should focus on who did it.

My daughters saw rubber ducks in the school's pond one recent year. As long as no one is hurt and there is no property damage I think this is a fun way to have the school administration, students and teachers to remember each unique group of graduates.

Daughters asking how someone could bring themselves to do this terrible crime to children?

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EDGEWATER -- My family and I were shocked and very saddened to find out that an adult had killed young children in Newtown Connecticut on Friday. My daughters asked me how someone could bring themselves to do this terrible crime to children?

We pondered together on how could it be possible that any person be so disconnected from the empathy they have for others to commit such a heinous act on anyone, else especially on innocent children?

As I think back on my children in their early elementary school years, I remember being able to still pick them up and curling up in bed with them at story time each night.

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Space shuttle Atlantis seen from Edgewater a welcome sight


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Community bloggers / Jeanette DiCara of Edgewater

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