Richwoods High School graduates hire a bagpiper to serenade the principal

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A school principal spoke out after high school students pranked him – but not in the way he expected.

Two Illinois students pulled a loud high school prank last week when they hired a professional bagpiper to play various tunes for their high school principal for an hour.

Bagpiper Scott Whitman reportedly arrived at Richwoods High School dressed in a kilt and hat to serenade Principal Billy Robison for 60 minutes straight, thanks to seniors Maggie Moore and Pierce Hill.

The idea came about as “Plan B” after the two bright students tried to hire a mariachi band for the job, but it was out of their price range, one of the students told the Peoria Journal Star.

“I was looking at mariachi bands on Pinterest, the idea was to have her (Robison) walk around,” Moore told the newspaper.

“But it was near Cinco de Mayo and the prices were really high, and they were all based in Chicago.”

But Moore also remembered how much she enjoyed listening to the bagpipers perform Scottish music as a child, so she took her search in a different direction – which was approved in advance by other school administrators.

“It was Plan B, but it worked better,” she told the local publication.

Whitman, of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, performed several songs, including “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland the Brave,” which he said was a first.

“We get quite a lot of requests to perform,” the 34-year-old musician told Star Journal. “Most of them are funerals or weddings. Maybe a birthday. But that was my first senior prank request.”

Richwoods High School Principal Billy Robison had a good joke about the senior prank. Peoria Public Schools

While Moore and Hill told WMBD that part of their goal was to “annoy the principal,” Robison was excited about the prank once he realized what was going on.

The principal had Whitman, the director of music education at Illinois Wesleyan University, follow him and play video performances throughout the school and even outside in the parking lot.

“I thought it was great and very creative, and I give a lot of credit to the students for coming up with something that doesn't hurt the school and doesn't have the custodians having to clean up afterward,” Robison told the station.

“It was all a lot of fun, so I thought it was great.”

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