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High school students win last day of school with bonkers paper storm

A blizzard of paper marks the end of the year at this Arizona high school.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on May 31, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 4:40 am CDT

It seems like a cute but unremarkable video at first. A group of students standing on a flight of steps counting down what you have to assume are the final seconds of the school year. Sheets of paper are strewn about the steps in a mess that seems like it’s going to be a real pain in the ass for the janitor. Then the clock hit one, and all hell breaks loose.

If your version of Hell is a mind-blowing avalanche of paper, don’t press play.

Turns out these kids not only didn’t get in trouble, but the paper storm is actually an annual tradition at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, approved and monitored by the faculty. That’s probably one of them yelling when someone drops a heavy bag at the 1:10 mark.

“This is my little moment to kind of say goodbye to the school, and kind of give them something back,” Basha High School senior Chandler Plough, told the local ABC affiliate in Arizona.

Jordan White, the senior who shot the video and posted it to Twitter, said students went all out to make the cascade of paper as epic as possible.

“People came with the boxes, suitcases filled, all sorts of things filled with paper and just dumped it out,” he said, “There was such a thick coating of paper that you could just slide right down the stairs, it was wild,”.

The video has now been retweeted over 30,000 times and liked over 70,000. White has also received a lot of question regarding clean up, and wants everyone to know that, yes all the paper gets recycled, and it’s the students who clean up the mess.

Also, no paper cuts were reported.

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*First Published: May 31, 2017, 4:00 pm CDT