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Pranksters rustle, then return mustang mascot

Spring is the time of year when mischievous seniors band together for some end-of-the-year frivolity

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 4:30 a.m.

This 150-pound Mustang statue located outside of Vasquez High School, was stolen and then returned, presumably a senior prank.

 

Apparently, just like many horses, the Vasquez High School mustang knew its way home. The fiberglass mustang that stands on its hind legs in the quad of the school returned Tuesday as mysteriously as it disappeared.

“Someone didn’t put the gate up and the mustang got out,” said Tim Jorgensen, Vasquez High School dean of students.

Vasquez officials spent Monday looking for the stallion in all the obvious locations. “We looked in barns and fields,” said Stan Halperin, Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District superintendent. But with all the horse ranches in Acton, the horse wasn’t easy to find, he said.

“Somebody could put (the mascot) in the middle of a field and you wouldn’t know,” Halperin said.

School officials believe students pulled off a well-orchestrated prank and galloped off with the 150-pound fiberglass statue. “The students used a little ingenuity and pulled it off in 30 minutes,” he said.

Jorgensen won’t say how the rustlers escaped with the mascot. His silence was intended to protect the mustang from future horsenapping, he said.

School officials are positive the rustlers are students, but haven’t identified who they are. “We are looking at campus security tapes to determine who it is committed this act,” Jorgensen said.

The mustang wears a figurative bulls-eye for senior pranks, Jorgensen said. “Last year (students) put yellow stickers on the mustang and made it look like an appaloosa,” he said. “It looked pretty clever,” Jorgensen added.

Halperin insists there won’t be any horse-trading when it comes to punishment. The penalty for this case of thievery most likely will be time spent cleaning the campus, he said. “Obviously there has to be disciplinary action for this. You don’t want to suspend or expel, but you want to send a message.”

 

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