NEW YORK (AP) — A quarter of the graduating class at a Staten Island high school is being barred from prom as punishment for a night of boozy pranks that wound up on Facebook.

The principal of Moore Catholic High School banned them from the big night after students got drunk on the football field, vandalized equipment and spray-painted obscene graffiti.

Fifty seniors in all were excluded because of the May 5 incident, but all have been invited to an alternative prom organized by parents of the punished kids.

One mother, Dina Campitiello, told the New York Post that her two daughters don’t deserve harsh treatment, even if they were at the school on the night of the pranks, because they didn’t participate in the drinking and vandalism.

Both proms are scheduled for Wednesday.

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