HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) -- Six students are suspended after a senior prank at Herndon High School.
Three of them are prohibited from participating in their graduation ceremony Thursday.
They planned a prank to pour baby oil in school hallways. The kids admit it was the wrong thing to do. They say they'd do anything, including scrubbing the school from top to bottom if only they could walk at graduation to get their diplomas.
Chris Shoemaker is one of the students suspended. He said, "It kills me. It's in that bag right now."
Shoemaker is deciding if he will ever try on his red graduation gown.
A senior prank of baby oil in school seemed funny at the time. "Sort of like a slip and slide - have a good time in the hallway," shared Shoemaker.
But now it's cost Shoemaker graduation day. Some students gathered to support the kids in #letthemwalk campaign.
"I'm not trying to get out of punishment. The fact they think it's okay take away the only proud day leaving high school, I disagree with that," said Shoemaker.
Shoemaker says they hardly pulled off the prank and didn't pour any of the baby oil, but Ashkan Naderi did.
Naderi told us, "I left 10 minutes before class and 5 minutes in, I was caught. They violated me. They made me put my hands on the wall and searched me and thought I would be hiding big bottles of oil."
To complicate the matter, an hour later someone, not part of the group, decided to pull the school fire alarm.
The school says someone could have gotten seriously hurt. But the star basketball players and top students -- Shoemaker has an above 4.0 average and Naderi has a 3.5 grade point average -- say they'll take the 7-day suspension but the would like to receive their diploma with their friends.
Naderi told us, "I'm really sorry for what I did. I'll make a public apology. I just wish they'd let me walk. All I wanted to do at the end of the day is walk across the stage with the class I came in with."
Shoemaker stated: "It seems like they were never kids. I hope the students cherish it because I would do anything to be with them."
Naderi's father was flying in from Iran. Shoemaker had family coming cross country for the big day. He and his parents went to a hearing on Wednesday morning to appeal to Fairfax County but he says it doesn't look good.
Fairfax County had no response in this case. As of late Wednesday, no new information was available about the students' possible attendance at the graduation ceremony.
A letter was sent home to parents last week by Principal Bates:
Throughout the day we experienced a number of unfortunate events that caused a major disruption to our school day. At 5:00 am I was notified by our building engineer that various locations on the exterior of the school had been vandalized with paint. Additionally, students poured baby oil on the floors in the main hallway and in the gym lobby as well as on two staircases. Shortly after a student pulled a fire alarm causing the entire school to evacuate the building. These incidents occurred on a day that students were scheduled to take their SOL's and begin their final examinations! Today's incidents caused a major safety concern for every student and adult in the building. Any student who is caught engaging in these types of disruptive behaviors will face a suspension from school and possible recommendation for expulsion. Any student who disengages a fire alarm will be recommended for expulsion and charged by the police. Seniors caught engaging in these types of disruptive behaviors will not be permitted to participate in any of the scheduled graduation activities. We have great students at Herndon High School and this behavior does not represent the pride that Herndon is known. It is my hope that this behavior will cease and that our memories of the final days of the 2011-2012 school year will be positive.