YOUNG VOICES: When do you pull a prank, when do you pull the plug?

2014-02-10T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: When do you pull a prank, when do you pull the plug?By Saira Nelson
February 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Pranks have been pulled for as long as anyone can remember. When is it funny and when is it enough? Is it a practical joke or something more? These questions are probably what go through most people’s minds.

A practical joke is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort. The term "practical" refers to the fact that the joke consists of someone doing something physical, instead of a verbal or written joke.

Pranks became so interesting and entertaining that people made movies, TV shows, videos and so much more revolving around nothing more than pranks.

It is common for young adults to prank one another because it gives them something to do. Do some take it too far? Sure.

Friends are a very important aspect in the life of a young adult. They make life more enjoyable, funny, happy, and lively. However, they can also be great at humiliation.

Everyone experiences many embarrassing moments over the course of their life. Most likely, friends cause a majority of those morbid experiences. Pranks, or practical jokes, are the ultimate weapon friends all over use against others for a good chuckle.

There are many pranks, from simple to complex, but all should be guaranteed to be funny, depending on how you look at it.

High school pranks do not usually happen that often around this region, at least not any that are reported or talked about. When people hear the term "prank," they probably think about college. Movies show that college upperclassmen love to prank the underclassmen.

Something else that goes along with pranks is school rivalry. Schools try to have students act with more school spirit, especially around the time of a big game. This typically means students flaunt around everywhere, gushing about how great their school is, dressing up, and most of all pull pranks on the opposing team.

Typically, when a student is asked about their rivals they will say they hate them, or that they will get crushed. They make fun of them, call them names, and they criticize each other, all just because they are rivals.

Schools don’t like bullying, but could this be the one thing leading to it?

Great memories, good times, friendships, big sports games, and crazy pranks seem to shape young adults lives around the world. When is it enough? When do you stop? This is something one would have to figure out one’s self.

Saira Nelson, of Porter, is a sophomore at Chesterton High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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