MCMINNVILLE,Ore. (KOIN 6) — A group of local high school football players claim a teacher’s husband kidnapped them after they played a prank.
It’s one of the oldest pranks in the book: the ding dong ditch. Dave Mannix said his teenage son and four teammates pulled the prank on a teacher at her home in Yamhill County last weekend.
The teacher identified the teens from her surveillance footage. Mannix said the teacher’s husband then tracked down the group of boys.
“The husband went to the boys’ homes, demanded them get in his vehicle. The kids declined several times,” said Mannix.
He said the teacher’s husband proceeded to force and intimidate his son and another teammate against their will to get into a car, drive to the teacher’s home and apologize for the prank.
Mannix and the other boy’s parents call that kidnapping.
The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said they took a report, but at this point, no charges have been filed.
The McMinnville School District suspended the teens for one game, saying the boys violated the district’s Athlete Code of Conduct.
“There’s no concern for the teacher’s involvement. All the school is pursuing is punishing the kids,” said Mannix.
McMinnville School District Superintendent Maryalice Russell said she could not talk about specifics about the incident and instead pointed to the district’s policies, which, in part, state that “the student’s behavior on campus, in the community reflects not only on the student but on the program and school as well.”
“We ask them to review and sign the document,” said Russell. “Hold them to a higher standard.”
The sheriff’s office said the teacher clearly felt intimidated by the students’ prank and the district’s Athlete Code of Conduct states that intimidation “will not be tolerated.”
Still, parents argue that the district is ignoring the real issue, the allegations of kidnapping and coercion.