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TOHS Theatre Flies Among the Stars
TOHS Theatre Flies Among the Stars
Gemma Spraggins, Assistant News Editor • November 21, 2023

With opening night of “Peter and the Starcatcher” on Thursday, November 16th, and closing night on Saturday, November 18th, the cast has...

Boston Journalism Convention goes in all the ‘write’ ways
Boston Journalism Convention goes in all the ‘write’ ways
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor • November 6, 2023

With a stinging chill in the air, professional writers and aspiring journalists gathered in Boston, MA for the annual JEA/NSPA Fall National...

Should schools have a block schedule?
Maximus Cover and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar November 3, 2023

Fall Sports Round-Up
November 3, 2023

No red flags for Girls Flag Football
No red flags for Girls Flag Football
Lilah Swaving and Riley Brown October 28, 2023

Former Thousand Oaks High School varsity head football coach Mike Leibin took on a new yet somewhat familiar challenge: TO girls flag football...

Lancers tie for Canyon League title
Lancers tie for Canyon League title
Jackson Kurtz, The Lancer Staff • October 28, 2023

Q&A THE LANCER: What challenges did you have to overcome in your first season?” MCENROE: “Every job is unique and there’s no such...

Lakers Preview: Title No. 18?
Lakers Preview: Title No. 18?
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • October 28, 2023

With LeBron James entering his 21st season in the NBA, he only has his eyes on winning his fifth championship and, for the Lakers, their...

AROUND T.O.WN
Rhiannon Hendershot, The Lancer Staff • October 28, 2023

Reign of Terror 275 N Moorpark Rd East, Thousand Oaks, Sept. 29-Nov. 4, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Walk through various bone-chilling rooms and exhibits...

Preserving the human aspect in the age of AI
Preserving the human aspect in the age of AI
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • October 28, 2023

With the ever-changing scope of technology, we as a generation constantly have to accept new ways in which artificial intelligence is integrating...

Día de los Muertos Dance strives for increased inclusivity
Día de los Muertos Dance strives for increased inclusivity
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff • October 28, 2023

The Latino Connection Club at Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake High have come together to host their annual Día de los Muertos dance,...

OFF-CAMPUS PASS
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • October 28, 2023

Unanimous GOP vote elects Rep. Mike Johnson for House Speaker More than three weeks after the historical outsting of the Speaker of the House,...

Cheers, Starbucks: a new staple in TO
Cheers, Starbucks: a new staple in TO
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff • October 28, 2023

“Can I get a Lancer Frappuccino?” was something Starbucks manager Miguel Medina heard a lot of following the opening of the new store...

TO welcomes college visitors
Alyssa Kiszczak, Managing Editor • October 28, 2023

Throughout the year, TO provides students with college visits from many schools across the nation. They usually consist of an informational briefing...

Orchestra starting the year off on a good note
Orchestra starting the year off on a good note
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor • October 28, 2023

The instruments are finely tuning, patience is running out, and the maestro is preparing to orchestrate another musical masterpiece. Thousand...

Science Rooms gets a Facelift
Gemma Spraggins, Assistant News Editor • October 28, 2023

On the first day of the school year, TO forensics teacher Michael Flores watched his class experience science in a whole new way. As...

Pranking with a Purpose

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From pieing friends in the face to putting a whoopee cushion on a chair, April Fools’ Day is know as a “holiday” filled with wasting not only time and effort to make a friends day miserable but also making it clear that some people are just too immature to grow up.  Though it’s origins are uncertain, some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar. However, these are all just an excuse for nothing but the continuous return of useless pranks.

Even though the general consensus is that April Fool’s is supposed to be fun, it is actually immature. The various shenanigans of April Fool’s are often taken too far and can ultimately injure, take a life, humiliate, or take away human rights.

If someone plays a prank that results in damaging a person’s reputation so bad they can’t find a job when they’re older, it’s clear they are taking away a right usually given to people without interference from that prank. Immaturity can also negatively affect people for long periods of time with the party responsible for knowing the effects before, this is just foolish all together.
Back when the day was officially introduced, pranks were thought of as ingenious, taking some planning and preparation.  If someone is spending several hours slaving over a one to two minute prank, they clearly need to get a life or resort to another hobby. In past celebrations of the day, everybody had a good laugh afterwards, but nowadays they’re chock full of immaturity that sometimes can even result to violence, why has our society emerged from the humiliation of our peers?
People aren’t aiming to trick somebody they know anymore, they’re aiming to get a viral video on YouTube, they are expecting a reaction that could possibly alter their life after receiving the most likes. This is what our society has become, desperate for attention. These friendly pranks often lead to dangerous, or disrespectful outcomes that change a way a person is perceived, affecting them in a negative manor.

When someone over engineers a prank, often they are aware of the consequences, but they don’t think about the bigger picture, looking at how it affects the other person, or they just  don’t care because it’s not them suffering. Traditionally pranks were created for the purpose of being fun, but now they are harmful and are not really done for the same motive, making the current purpose of April Fools day irrelevant.

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