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Teens bought shark from stranger for Ponte Vedra prank

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Two teenagers got a bull shark from a stranger who caught it in Mayport last week and then they gutted it and stored the dead fish with ice overnight at a friend’s house before hoisting it from the rafters at Ponte Vedra High School as a senior prank, according to an incident report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission obtained Wednesday by News4JAX.

School officials said that five Ponte Vedra High students have been identified by investigators as having hoisted the dead shark at the school on Davis Park Road. The FWC report lists two 17-year-olds and three 18-year-olds as being involved, as well as a 19-year-old.

The report shows one of the 18-year-olds told an FWC investigator that he and another one of the 17-year-olds were fishing in Mayport the night of May 3 when a man next to them caught a bull shark. He said they asked the man if they could keep the shark, and he gave it to them. The teen said they wanted to use it for a senior prank, so they gutted it and then stored it in the 19-year-old’s yard with ice.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.