Students hire mariachi band to follow principal around for senior prank

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By Scott Stump

The students at Santa Barbara High School wanted to make some noise with their senior prank this year. 

So the southern California seniors hired a mariachi band to follow principal John Becchio around school for an hour. From when Becchio walked into his office at 7:30 a.m., four musicians trailed him around the hallways, drawing smiles from students and faculty. Video of the prank was posted to YouTube by Barbara Keyani, the administrative services and communications coordinator for the school district. 

The Santa Barbara students are not the first to employ the mariachi band prank, as a group of seniors at West Linn High School in Oregon did the same musical trickery in 2013, when nearly 90 students pooled their money to get a mariachi band to follow principal Lou Bailey around for three hours. 

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