EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 4, 2014

Timberlane extinguishes 'senior prank' fundraiser

By Dustin Luca

---- — PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional High School administrators snuffed a senior barbecue less than an hour after it started yesterday morning.

Seniors planned a prank with a twist, according to senior Nick Iandolo.

The students started a barbecue on the football field, intending to run it for four hours, to support classmate Trevor Davis, recently diagnosed with cancer, he said.

About 200 students were involved, Iandolo said.

But about 45 minutes after they fired up the grills, administrators had the students packing back to their classrooms.

A four-second video of the event on the Internet dubbed the cookout the “Timberlane Regional High School senior prank Trevor Davis fundraiser.”

Students were charged $5 to get in, Iandolo said.

High school principal Donald Woodworth said another opportunity to honor the student, whose name he would not confirm, would come at the senior picnic June 13, the day before graduation.

“It’s great that the kids want to support a classmate,” Woodworth said. “I hope I can help them to continue to keep that spirit alive.”

But yesterday just wasn’t the time for it, Woodworth said.

Finals are scheduled for the first three days of next week, he said, and this is the last full week of classes.

It’s a tough time to take kids out of class, Woodworth said.

“We have a lot of work to do before we get to that point,” he said. “The faculty is getting them on to the finals.”

No students involved in the barbecue face disciplinary action, Woodworth said.

That was corroborated by Iandolo.

“They were letting us do it for a little while,” he said. “No one got in trouble because we were asked to go inside, which we did.”