Students bring exotic animal on campus for ‘Hump Day’ senior prank

PECULIAR, Mo. — It’s that time of year, senioritis sets in and the pranks begin. But on Wednesday some metro high school seniors from one area high school took a prank and “Hump Day” to a whole new level.

It’s not every day that students bring exotic animals to school, but it’s certainly a senior prank that Raymore-Peculiar High School will always remember.

“It’s ‘hump day’, you know, Wednesday, getting over the hump through the week,” said senior Bekah Mueller. “It’s our last one here at Ray-Pec so we’re going to get a camel.”

“And then the commercial where they’re like, ‘what day is it? Hump Day!’ And they’re like that would be perfect!” said another senior, Suzie Lottie.

Around 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Mueller, Lottie, and a few other seniors got to school anxiously awaiting the arrival of their senior prank, Gabrielle.

“People driving by early in the morning, they were slowing down and double taking,” said Mueller.

They made signs that said “seniors last Hump Day.”

Jerry Aswegan, the owner of A-Z Animal Adventures, brought his camel to Ray-Pec High School around 6:30 a.m. and set up a pen on the front lawn.

“I’ve had people want me to bring pot belly pigs to their schools for kiss the pig and all that so, it was no big deal, I just wanted to make sure it was okay with the principal,” said Aswegan.

And it was. The seniors had a meeting with Principal Steven Miller ahead of time and took precautions to make sure it remained a harmless prank.

“We had all the plans lined out, and we convinced him that it was going to be fine,” added Mueller.

Lottie says all the teachers and students came out.

“Everyone was super excited and laughing. They couldn’t believe we actually got a camel! One of the teachers came out and said this is one of the best pranks and she’s been here 23 years,” said Lottie.

“I even heard people today, juniors and sophomores talking, ‘oh we have to do something better than that, we got to have a good prank next year,’” said Mueller.

The camel stayed for about an hour until school started, then returned home.

“Class of 2014, you’re going to be remembered forever,” said Mueller.

Students say no punishment will be given for their prank, but the school declined to comment about it on camera.

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