Brockton School officials weren’t laughing Wednesday when a Brockton High School senior thought it would be a funny to wear a surgical face mask to school and tell people he had swine flu, the principal said.
The student, who was not identified, had been out sick Tuesday with an unrelated illness and walked into the main building after school, said Principal Susan Szachowicz.
“He’s a good kid, but he was just being stupid,” Szachowicz said. “What he did was mean and it was not funny. People are upset and rightly so.”
The student arrived in the building after the school day was over to bring a doctor’s note to the nurse for his actual illness, which was not made public, Szachowicz said.
A secretary in the main office noticed him wearing a mask and asked him what he was doing, she said. He began to ask for Szachowicz, she said, but the secretary took him to the nurse’s office.
“He wasn’t even tested for (swine flu),” she said. “He did not have the symptoms for it.”
But the rumor had already gotten out. Teachers e-mailed Szachowicz expressing concern and parents called all morning saying they heard a student had the virus, she said.
The teen will be brought into Szachowicz’s office today with his parents and the headmaster to account for his actions, she said.
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