Student Becomes a Duck, Whitehead is Batman

This e-mail was one of two pranks to recently show up in teachers’ inboxes. The e-mail, sent from “Quackers the Duck,” was accompanied by a picture of the famous Aflac duck.

The campus e-mail pranksters have struck again, this time under the guise of Quackers the Duck and Bruce Wayne.

Following the first three practical joke e-mails, as reported in December 2011, two more e-mails have been sent to every teacher on campus, one of which accuses history teacher Kirby Whitehead of being Batman.

The first e-mail, sent on Dec. 17, 2011, was addressed to Reagan faculty and staff, and described a student’s aspiration to become a duck.

“…at the present time it is my biggest dream to become a duck,” the e-mail read.  “I have already cut off both of my forearms and I having [sic] to type this with my new mouth which has already gone through major plastic surgery to to look more like a bill.”

The e-mail went on to say that  that the student would be “relocating to a local pond” to begin a new life as a duck.  If a student were to be found missing from school, faculty would know that they were becoming a duck.

“And you know he will be happy in his new environment, where he belongs,” the e-mail said.

No students have been discovered missing, nor have any students been confirmed as transitioning to a duck.

The second e-mail was sent on Jan. 7, and claims Whitehead to be the iconic superhero Batman.  It showed a photo of the famed Dark Knight, a photo of Whitehead, and then photos of the Batman mask superimposed on Whitehead’s face.

“Kirby Whitehead is Batman!” the e-mail, also directed at faculty and staff, read.  “Notice the facial resemblance between the two pictures?!?!  They are the same person.”

This is the second e-mail that has been aimed at Whitehead.  The first one claimed him to be Kim Jong-il, just weeks before the North Korean dictator’s death.

Obviously hoaxes, the e-mails struck a funny chord with both the teachers who received them and students who heard about them.

“Initially, the thought of having an evil dictator in my department was kind of concerning,” U.S. History teacher and Social Studies Dean Stephen Gibbs said with a chuckle.  “And now I’m kind of concerned that his identity as Batman has been revealed.”

The anonymous funsters behind the e-mails have become something of idols to the students who have heard about the pranks.

“I think they’re hilarious and I almost wish they would do more,” senior Courtney Wall said.  “Whoever it is is a genius; you don’t have to know a lot about computer hacking to do that.  It’s simple.”

Whitehead declined to comment on the Batman e-mail.

While no one really seems to particularly mind the jokes so far, Gibbs cautioned that if the e-mails persist, “It will just become annoying.”

About Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers was the Recorder editor for three years and graduated in 2013. She loves music, yoga, museums and all things journalism. She believes life is a constant adventure. You can contact her at

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