Big Brother Indeed: Orwell Prank Ends in Arrests

Takeover PA system leads to sit-in protest at Mass. high school
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 3:49 PM CDT
It's unclear what the students read over the loudspeaker - some said it was a Fidel Castro speech, others that it was from 1984.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – What appears to be a senior prank that saw students commandeer the public-address system at a Massachusetts high school to read George Orwell (or perhaps Fidel Castro) ended with arrests and protests yesterday, the New Bedford Standard-Times reports.

Classmates say the reading was from Orwell's 1984; the principal claims it was Castro. After the pranksters were sent home, fellow students jammed the cafeteria in protest “expressing their displeasure with everything, I guess,” the superintendent said. “Apparently we shed our civil rights when we walked in the school door,” one senior complained.