Crickets gone wild

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Veronica Pahomova, cartoonist
Marty Schnapp, news editor
Jackson Prince, co-editor-in-chief
Karen Shilyan, business manager

What people usually see in the hallway: teachers, Mr. Brown, friends.

What people saw in the hallways on May 8, 2015: crickets. Lots and lots of crickets.

Teachers’ lessons were disrupted. Casual small talk in the hallways was disrupted. The bottom of people’s shoes – disrupted. There is no current estimate as to the number of crickets.

Below are the reactions of Beverly students and staff to this cricket chaos:

Senior Sammy Edwards: “Bruce Jenner announced that he’s a woman, and they’re dropping crickets! Chipotle stopped selling carnitas, and they’re dropping crickets!”

Spanish teacher Joseph Isaac: “I did not want to come to school stepping on crickets. So in the future, when they want to do a prank, they could write something on the board.”

English teacher Gaby Herbst releases a cricket into the second floor patio planters. Photo by: KAREN SHILYAN
English teacher Gaby Herbst releases a cricket into the second floor patio planters. Photo by: KAREN SHILYAN

Assistant principal Kevin Brown: “This isn’t a senior prank. This is just dumb.”

English teacher Gaby Herbst: “A senior in my third period English class equated it to animal abuse, and I agree.”

Ceramics teacher Melony Bronder: “I tried to get rid of them as quickly as possible. It’s only when there were like twenty of them in a pile that it was really gross. One or two is fine. It started my day in fourth period, and by that point a lot had made their way in here. It was disruptive, but it was easily gotten rid of. It wasn’t like an hour of disruption; it was like five minutes and then we were back.”

Spanish teacher Joseph Isaac: “This morning I come to school and I see crickets. It has been completely abusive. Students have been completely abusive to the system. And it hurts me – it bothers me. A few years ago in San Diego, there was a prank where they bought live chickens and they threw them over the fence, and some of the chickens’ necks were caught in the fence. And overnight, the chickens were flapping their wings and they were choked over the fence.”

A squished cricket lies on the second floor patio. Photo by: KAREN SHILYAN
A squished cricket lies on the second floor patio. Photo by: KAREN SHILYAN

Senior David Dolgin: “I was in Ms. Bronder’s class, and there were like 45 in there, and I had to pick them all up and throw them away. I thought it was pretty funny. They’re gonna be here for the next three weeks. You can’t really clean up crickets.”

Senior Sammy Yadidian: “I didn’t know this was a thing. It’s very annoying and stupid.”

Senior Alanna Schenk: “There’s a corpse yard of crickets. It’s very sad.”

 

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