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Teenage Wasteland

It’s springtime in the Atlanta area. That means that the flowers and plants are blooming, the pollen is flying, and the trees are draped with TP.

My front yard. The trees were decorated at about 4:30am.

For some unknown reason, high school students in this area have a tradition known euphemistically as the “Junior-Senior War.” I prefer to call it by it’s proper name – vandalism.

Between spring break and the Prom – a period lasting three weeks for our school this year – students in the 11th and 12th grades spend the wee hours of the mornings sneaking around and throwing rolls of toilet paper into their friends/enemies/classmates’ trees. That’s if the parents are lucky.

The unlucky ones get even worse treatment (eggs thrown at houses and cars, trash dumped on the lawn, obscene pictures painted on driveways, rancid food put in mailboxes, and worse).

Despite the fact that recently a set of local students was taken to court – and one young man will not be attending the college of his choice on a full-ride scholarship because of the conviction – the students just don’t seem to understand the seriousness of their actions.

What’s even worse is that many parents not only look the other way, many help out by buying supplies and a few have even bragged about helping, driving their kids to friends’ houses! I just don’t get it.

[Friday morning edit] We’ve been “hit” twice in two nights, both times between 3:30 and 4:30am, and both times we’ve been somewhat ready and chased them off – last night with water balloons and more.

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