Slovak pranks fourth period with fake arrest


photo or infographic by Jason Clark

Known for his sense of humor and crazy dress up days outfits, English teacher Chris Slovak is the Unofficial Campus Culture Director. His prank right before the break had his fourth period questioning reality.

Everyone on campus is aware that English teacher Christopher Slovak knows how to have fun during the school day. From fun lessons to eccentric costumes for dress-up days, it’s never a dull moment for his students, but maybe things got too exciting when the police came into his fourth-period class to arrest his student teacher. 

As Slovak was giving his students instructions for an assignment, his phone rang with someone asking the name of his methods student teacher, Grant Heatherington, who was spending his final day in the freshman class. Though confused, he continued teaching. 

Minutes later, police were at the door, along with principal Chad Smith, claiming that Heatherington had falsified his name on the documents which allowed him to take part in the student-teacher program. They made him stand, put him in handcuffs and escorted him out of the classroom. 

The students sat in shock for a moment trying to decide whether they had been pranked. As Smith came back into the room, he explained that everyone would have to write statements on the events. He guided the students through writing the first line when he announced that the entire situation had been a prank. 

Relieved, students laughed as Heatherington walked back into the room and continued their day as usual. 

Slovak refers to fourth period as his favorite class, as they talk, participate in lesson and have fun during them. Hetherington wanted to have a proper end to his time in the class. 

“It’s the last class of the day, and I thought it would be a really fun send-off,” Heatherington said. “And they’re really fun and wild and talkative.” 

The students in the class were admittedly a bit scared through the event, and they all started to slightly panic when cops entered the room. 

“I was very conflicted trying to figure out if it was real or not,” freshman Jhun Abarque said. “I was like ‘hahaha, this has to be a joke’ until the police officers came in, and I thought ‘Oh my God, it was real. Don’t touch me’ .” 

The teachers all expected the students to be very vocal about the prank, to outwardly react as it was happening; however, that did not go as planned. 

“I didn’t expect them to take it the way they did,” Heatherington said. “They were dead silent, and I thought they were going to be more loud and just off the walls surprised.”

At the end, when the kids found out they were pranked, they were very relieved. There was a lot of nervous laughter all throughout the rest of the period. Though it was supposed to be Heatherington’s last day, he ended up being brought back to the class for more training in the spring semester as a full student teacher. 

“I was so surprised,” Abarque said. “And then the principal told us to start writing, and that’s when we found out he did a prank. I was like ‘oh my god, we were pranked!’ But after Christmas break, he came back! Now I wonder what his next prank is.”