Homecoming pranks are not fun for everyone
Homecoming week is an exciting time for every community. Citizens rally around their respective schools to support football or basketball efforts and alumni celebrate their time as a Jennings Bulldog, Elton Indian or Lake Arthur Tiger, just to name a few. Students get a break from boring uniforms for dress-up days that include such themes as Pajama Day, 80’s Day and more. Families watch as their babies grow into young men and women decked out in tailored suits and elegant dresses. It is a coming of age, a rite of passage.
On the flip side, it is also one of the worst weeks for community members thanks to homecoming pranks.
Everyone likes to have fun and most of us agree we would rather see high school students planting plastic forks in a yard late at night rather than getting into major trouble. Sometimes, though, the students, and their parents, need to realize just how bothersome pranks can be to those who try to avoid homecoming havoc.
For example, on a particular street in Jennings, three homes and their respective yards were covered in paper napkins and toilet paper Tuesday morning. Thursday morning, those three homes had been hit again. This time, the pranksters included something more than toilet paper – feminine hygiene products.
On top of that, debris from both hits scattered across the neighborhood, leaving trash in the yards of people with no connection to homecoming week. (And if you have ever had to clean toilet paper from your lawn or home after early-morning dew sets in, you know it’s not that easy to remove.)
Homecoming week is a time of fun and games but not everyone wants to play along, and they have that right. If pranksters plan to return to clean up their mess, that is a great gesture that makes the fun easier to enjoy.
However, if you don’t plan to clean up your mess, or the mess you created for others, maybe you should find a new way to celebrate.
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