- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 20, 2005

McCOOK, Neb. (AP) — Two high schools turned down offers from MTV to tape a re-creation of a class prank in which a group of students parked a car outside the door to the principal’s office.

“It’s not part of school life that we need to promote,” McCook Public High School Principal Jerry Smith said.

Mr. Smith told the cable TV station that the school would not participate in “High School Stories” because the 2003 prank was not part of the district’s curriculum or goals for students’ education.

After the rejection, Tyler Bieck, whose car was used in the prank, wrote to the school board, urging it to approve the taping, saying the MTV visit would be “a great opportunity for exposure for the community of McCook and the McCook Public School System.” The board declined.

MTV officials then asked permission to tape the segment at nearby Arapahoe High School, but board members from that school district also declined.

Jennifer DeGuzman, an MTV spokeswoman, said the network respects the school boards’ policies and decisions.

Mr. Bieck, now a sophomore at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, said the show’s aim was to present both the positive and negative consequences of high school pranks.

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