Bowling Green resident Tyler Webster made headlines this week with his "planking" antics.
But it appears the thing that brought the would-be Western Kentucky University student brief fame in his hometown and on the Internet has backfired.
Webster, 18, who was to be a freshman at WKU this year, said he received a letter from the school on Thursday banning him from campus after a story on the front page of the Bowling Green Daily News chronicled his and a friend's escapades on campus. If he's seen on campus, Webster could be arrested.
Planking is the "art" of lying flat on one's stomach in unconventional places. Many take photos of themselves in the spots they've planked and upload them to Web sites for all to see.
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Webster and his friend Joshua Lindsey, 17, a student at Greenwood High School, run Plankresponsibly.com, a sort of social networking Web site for plankers.
But WKU chief of staff and general counsel Deborah Wilkins said the "planking" part wasn't what got Webster in trouble.
"Defacing someone else's property is a crime," Wilkins said, after the article showed how Webster and his friend posted stickers on campus artwork and statues that said "This spot has been planked."
"You don't go ahead and put stuff on artwork," she said.
Webster said he was just trying to have a little fun on his future school's campus, but now that future could be in jeopardy.
Webster will have to meet with Michael Crowe, WKU director of judicial affairs, and discuss the matter before he's allowed to be on campus for any other reason.
Even though the front-page story was what tipped off WKU officials, Webster said he doesn't regret doing the interview, mainly because he doesn't think he did anything wrong.
"I was just planking," he said. "I didn't think it would turn out to be something like this. If they would have just given me a warning, I would have stopped doing it. I've never been in trouble. I don't like being in trouble.
"I don't feel like that's defacing property because you can just pull it off. Defacing property means spray-painting something or breaking it."
While the ban isn't permanent, it has put Webster in a predicament.
His meeting with Judicial Affairs is scheduled for Aug. 22, three days before Webster had planned to register for his fall classes.
"I can't take the math placement exam now because I have a hold on my account," Webster said. "I don't know what to do. It's going to be hard getting books, too, and just getting ready for classes because it's so close to when they start."
He was scheduled to take the math placement exam Tuesday. Classes are scheduled to start Aug. 29.
Wilkins said she's not sure whether and when Webster would be allowed back on campus, adding that those decisions will be up to Crowe.
In the meantime, Wilkins said, she'll try to figure out why people like to spend their time planking.
"I thought the craze had ended and they'd moved on to something else," she said. "Why don't they do something productive like feed the poor? It always has to be something useless."