Flamboyant Pink Flamingos Flock from Class to Class

Flocking, the moving of pink flamingos from class to class, has swept Dimond over the last few months.

Before Spring Break, multiple flamingos began to move from class to class, being moved every few days to a new location to the astonishment of teachers and the joy of students.

Carrie Melville, a Dimond mathematics teacher who was one of the first teachers to receive a flocking, said, “I came in after a week of being out sick, and they were spread out throughout my classroom.”

Another staff member, Jaime Kragt, a Dimond student counselor and first member of the faculty to be flocked, said, “Well, it was the week of National School Counselor’s Appreciation Week, in February I believe, and I came into my office on Friday morning and there was a sign on my door that said, ‘You’ve been flocked.’ So I took a picture of it because I am always suspicious.

“Staff play games with each other all the time. And I opened my door and there were flamingos everywhere.”

The flamingos so far have flocked to Kragt, Antara Brewer, Carrie Melville, Marcus Reese,  Susan Derrera, Jeff Keller, the art hall, Jennifer Childress, Rebecca Norsworthy, Anne Morris, Nate Normandin and Kathleen Navarre, as well as other faculty members.

However, the masterminds of the plot have to this date remained anonymous, allowing teachers to flock one another.

Normandin, a Dimond mathematics teacher, was also flocked during one of his class periods.

Normandin said, “At the end of second hour is when students started bringing the flamingos in one-by-one, and they put the little signs on my board that said, ‘you’ve been flocked.’”

The flamingos are accompanied with a note to teachers, telling them to keep the

flamingos for a few days, then to move them to a different class. Once this is completed, they are to take a picture of the flamingos in a new classroom, and then send it to an email address.

Melville said, “I got an email that said to take a picture with my students and my flamingos, send it to an email, and then pass the flamingos on to a new recipient.

Normandin said, “I would like to note that each flamingo is dressed or decorated in a special way, which is kind of funny.”

According to Normandin, the flamingos are not wholly disruptive to his classes, despite their eye drawing-qualities.

Normandin said, “It’s a little goofy in the beginning, but students apparently already know about it so once they see it they kind of laugh about it, they look at it and then after that they’re over it.”

The origin of this strange prank is unknown, and could originate from a group of staff or students.

However, despite the oddness of the pranks, many of the staff seem open to the idea.

Kragt said, “I think it’s pretty fun. It’s a nice way to brighten the day of a staff member.

“It helps us not take our lives or our jobs too seriously, and it’s hard to dismiss them because, when someone decorates your office you can kind of live in it but when there’s flamingos everywhere in a small space you kind of have to live with them. So it just reminded me that it was just kind of a fun break in my day”.

Normandin concurred, and said, “I think it’s kind of funny to look in the back of the room and see a bunch of flamingos. It brightens up the classroom.

“It’s very pink in the back, but no I don’t think it effects the teaching as much it’s just there.”