HAMILTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A teen’s spirit week stunt has landed him in hot water.
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Senior Dan Depaolis, dressed in medieval garb, rode a horse into the school’s parking lot as part of spirit week.
What he, and his parents, thought was a good-natured stunt, the school deemed dangerous. Depaolis was suspended from school for two days.
The vice principal allegedly suspended the 17-year-old even after the boy’s father explained that the horse was brought in on a trailer and that no one was in danger.
The father tells FOX25 the school compared the stunt to bringing a “loaded firearm” to school and that he and his wife were shocked to hear about the suspension, saying that the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.
The school would not comment, saying that they do not talk about any aspect of student discipline.
The family says they plan to contest the suspension.