By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MASON - Only seven of the 11 students originally banned from graduation because of a senior prank were not allowed to participate in Saturday's ceremony.
The school board held a last-minute emergency meeting hours before commencement and approved two more seniors' participation. The board had agreed Friday to let two other seniors involved in the prank, which left a peacock and rabbit dead, to participate as well.
News media were not notified of the 9 a.m. Saturday meeting until almost midnight Friday and did not receive e-mail notification of the results until Monday.
Four of the five students arrested are expected in Mason Municipal Court today. The charges stem from a June 3 prank where peacocks, rabbits and other animals were stolen from a Deerfield Township hobby farm and released in the school.
Three seniors originally banned from graduation ceremonies appealed to the board during Saturday morning's meeting. Two were allowed to participate but have to perform 40 hours of community service.
"We decided there were different levels of involvement," board president Eric Kantor said Monday.
TOP LOCAL STORIES
Commandments removed amid protests
Boy, 14, guilty in fatal shooting
State's deficit keeps growing
Ballpark kisser gets 4 1/2 years
LAURA PULFER COLUMN
Art Fields is playing to win
Mom arrested, hid 13 kids from judge
City loses exclusion zone fight
CPS adds 4 administrators
AROUND THE TRISTATE
SW Ohio fails new smog standards
New owners reshaping, renaming Forest Fair
Church forum explores racism
Ann Richards bashes Bush before speech
Two schools designated as 'promising'
Tristate A.M. Report
Good News: Chamber joins support for arts in park
Obituary: John LaVelle, served church through law
Longtime inmate suspected in attack
Early study results favor Liberty Twp. interchange
Teen shot, officer hurt
Monroe complex won't lose water
Trucker accused of 202 sex charges
I-71 crash driver has 10 DUIs
Mason drops ban on 2 seniors in prank
Ohio Moments: Drug firm thrived from early start
Coach & Four torn down
Mayor cuts job of top city official
Priest guilty of new abuse charges
Louisville pet stores told to quarantine
Leslie Co. man dies in mine accident
SPECIAL SUNDAY REPORT: LOSING A GENERATION
Young adults leaving town
See what others are saying
Tell us what you think