A school superintendent in Ohio has been punished for pulling a prank he says got out of hand.
Bottom line: He didn’t mean to pull a school board member’s pants down all the way.
Charles Keenan, superintendent of Maple Heights City Schools in suburban Cleveland, depantsed the vice president of the school board before a high school football game in August.
Keenan came up from behind and tugged on Michael White’s pants, which fell down. White quickly pulled his pants up.
The incident was caught by a surveillance camera, reports The Associated Press.
“If his pants would not have come off his hip, it would’ve just been a playful moment,” Keenan told News 5 in Cleveland.
“There was no intent to pull, there was just a tug, to try and playfully mess around with him. What I thought was going to happen was he was going to grab, and both of us were going to laugh. Clearly that wasn’t a good choice to make.”
Keenan told Fox 8 in Cleveland he immediately apologized.
“I think initially we were both in shock at what happened,” he told the Fox station. “He was offended and rightfully so ... so in the end, there’s a consequence that goes along with the action, which I fully accept.”
Reportedly, no students were around at the time. School officials said alcohol was not involved.
White reported the incident to the school board.
“He was very shaken up, wanted to talk to the board about what was going on,” school board president Pamela Crews told News 5.
The board met behind closed doors to talk about the incident, then suspended Keenan for 10 days without pay. The board also requested a letter of apology.
“It was really just a situation that went awry,” Crews told Fox 8. “We just want to get back to where we are about the business of kids, that is our focus ... so we just really want to get past all of this and move forward.”
She told News 5 the incident has strained the men’s relationship, but “we hope that they will get back to that brotherly friendship.”