A prank gone wrong in 2012 has ended with the BC Supreme Court ordering the parents of a Nanaimo teen to pay SD 68 nearly 50 thousand dollars in damages.

The School District sued under the School Act, after the then 14 year-old boy attached a friend’s lock to a sprinkler head at Wellington Secondary. It triggered the whole system, causing extensive damage.

The parents argued they’re not liable, because their son didn’t intend to cause any damage, but in a ruling released today BC Supreme Court judge Shelley Fitzpatrick disagreed.

Fitzpatick acknowledges it was a difficult decision that could lead to financial hardship for the parents, but she also says it would be up to the Legislature to change the law.

The full text of the ruling is available online, here.