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Monona Grove Cancels Homecoming

By: Chris Woodard Email
By: Chris Woodard Email

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 --- 7:45 p.m.

Homecoming has been canceled at Monona Grove High School.

It's a decision made after years of problems.

Principal Paul Brost says we're not talking about your average toilet papering incident.

We're talking about kids targeting other kids and taking things as far as shooting paint balls at a dog.

Brost says he doesn't want to portray the kids in a bad light because they are good kids but every year for a week it's like someone flips a switch.

He says where toilet papering in some communities is seen as a badge of honor, just friends just messing with each other, here it's a way to target people you've had problems with.

Students make hit lists and try to one up each other until you're dealing with things like bleaching vulgar words into lawns, pouring oil in driveways and pouring bleach on cars.

Senior Class Vice President Patrick Bailey says, "For the past years people have just taken it way too far. They've done some pretty extreme things and it's a shame they had to ruin it for all of us."

Junior Eden Mussie says, "I don't know if punishing everyone for the group of individuals was the best way to handle it but it was one way to."

The school will not have a homecoming game or parade but they will have a winter formal dance between the fall and winter sports seasons and say they'll have various spirit days spread throughout the year.

The football team does still have two home games including this Friday.

Brost says the school won't have a homecoming until the tradition and institution of these targeted pranks passes.

He says it's possible they'll never have the traditional homecoming again.

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