Students suspended for planking
THE planking phenomenon has reached the Northern Rivers and so have the consequences with three local high school students suspended for taking part in the craze.
A student told ABC radio yesterday that three boys from her undisclosed school had been suspended over a planking incident recently and were not allowed to attend a school ball.
A spokesman for the NSW Department of Education said any student that puts themselves or others at risk could be subject to suspension.
“Schools are overwhelmingly safe places, however, students who behave in any way that puts either themselves or others at risk of harm are liable to strict disciplinary action,” he said.
“Depending on the behaviour, this could include suspension.”
The planking craze also attracted disciplinary action in Queensland schools.
Three students from Miami High School on the Gold Coast were suspended this week after planking and three students from Warwick State High School were also suspended.
Concern surrounding the internet-fuelled trend intensified after the death of a 20-year-old Brisbane man this month.
The man was allegedly planking on a balcony railing when he fell seven storeys.
There were also reports a man who sustained serious injuries while riding on the boot of a car in Inverell this week was planking.
But police denied the claim.
The NSW Ambulance service have warned of the dangers of planking and declared it “very risky.”
Planking involves lying down flat to mimic a wooden plank.
People have been photographed planking on the top of bus shelters, cliffs, on their office desk and balcony.
The act is usually promoted through social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter.