When we watched this video in the Blaze newsroom, several audible gasps rang out and numerous hands covered mouths.
The video shows several Minnesota high school students at a pep rally standing blindfolded. The students are then presented with a kissing partner. What ensues is some passionate lip-locking. It was meant to be a prank. The prank part? The kids didn't know it, but they were actually kissing their parents.
Yes, you read that right.
Citypages.com explains more about what happened at Rosemount High School:
These poor kids reasonably assumed they were about make out with their classmates. But the assembly organizers had something else in mind: their parents.
Footage of the assembly shows a scene that would make even Sigmund Freud cringe. Dads kissing daughters. Mothers kissing sons.
And these are not just innocent pecks on the lips. The parents are intimately lip-locking their children for several seconds. One even progresses to rolling around on the gym floor. In another instance, a mother moves her son's hand south so he's grasping her butt.
After the make-out session comes to an end, the still-blindfolded kids are asked to guess who kissed them.
Here's the video, which Gawker has dubbed the "incest" prank, that's almost unbelievable:
Now, the school is apologizing.
"As principal I am responsible for everything that happens in the school so, ultimately, I am the person that needs to answer for this," school principal John Wollersheim told KARE-TV on Wednesday.
"I know there are people who are upset about what they have seen and as principal I am responsible for what happens here. For all the people who are offended, they are genuinely offended, and I owe them an apology," Wollersheim said.
Still, he says the video is only a snippet of what went on and doesn't tell the whole story.
"A lesson to be learned is that what you see on the internet, sometimes you just see portions of what really happened and it can lead you to think a certain way," he said:
Despite the apology, Gawker still is a little grossed out:
One YouTube commenter who claims to be a student at Rosemount says that it's a "tradition that only happens every six years or something," which makes it sound like an ancient pagan Norse ritual brought to America by sick incestuous vikings.
What do you think? Harmless, funny prank or disgusting joke?