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A few years ago, the parents of Lincoln High School in Oregon students received an official-looking letter before the school prom, saying that to be realistic, kids were going to do what kids do, so parents should probably let kids drink at home, and, since kids were going to have sex anyway, the letter enclosed a condom:
"Before our sons and daughters leave for the dance this April, we would like you to understand that there will be individuals that will be providing access to alcohol and drugs. We do not condone this conduct, but we understand that we cannot stop it. With that said, please don’t keep your children from attending prom this year. Instead, talk to them about the possibility of them participating in said behavior, and consider opening your home as a safe, secure place for students to have fun after the dance. If you provide the alcohol, you can have peace of mind knowing that they did not acquire it illegally. Furthermore, you know that they are not going to drink and drive, or hurt themselves or anyone else. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has stated that a fifth of alcohol, like Hennessy Cognac, is sufficient supply for at least 8 adults."
Surprisingly, it was a prank, and some were not amused.
Why did this work as a prank?
Lots of effort was put into it by the pranksters. (Writing the letter, spending money on supplies, buying lots of condoms, stuffing letters, finding student’s addresses…)
The perps were anonymous. (I don’t know if they were ever identified, but damn there’s a high school memory you’d want to keep.)
Parents thought it was real. (Seriously, probably some of them said, "Wait, this must be a joke," but given how stupid some of the letter are that I’ve seen mailed from school districts, they probably also thought, "Oh my frickin’ God, I can’t believe this!")
People reacted with outrage. Outrage, I say! (Which is the whole point of the best pranks, to create a sense of faux outrage among the citizenry, which leads to laughter among the enlightened citizens, who either get the prank right away, or eventually get the prank and then laugh at themselves. But to the stupid and angry-at-being-deluded citizenry? The prank leads to outrage about the faux outrage – "I can see this letter is fake now, yes I understand that, but what about the reputation of our school? Doesn’t this sully our reputation? What about the children?"
See an actual copy of the letter at Letters of Note>>