Put TP ‘criminals’ to work cleaning public rest rooms
August 07, 2014 06:09 PM | 2499 views | 18 18 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I shouldn’t be surprised that the MDJ would choose to “celebrate” the criminals who rolled Marietta High School with front page and back page spreads. The principal did it when she was in high school, and a council member did it too. So it’s OK. I am glad the principal made the students clean up the mess. This begs the question of how she knew who had participated and who had not. I imagine there were more than a few members of the class of 2015 who were wise enough to realize that defacing public property is not the right thing to do whether or not it’s condoned by members of the administration. My guess is that the entire senior class had to clean up the mess, and I bet a lot of them did not participate.

Even though these students cleaned up the mess, all of that TP has to be tossed in a landfill someplace along with the garbage bags to sit for a few hundred years. By my rough calculations, about $2,500 in TP was wasted on this event, not to mention lost instructional time. Thanks to the MDJ for celebrating this crime.

A better punishment, I think, for these high school criminals is a few hours spent cleaning public rest rooms. Since they think TP is inexpensive and grows on trees, they should have no problem cleaning up the mess for which it was designed.

Bronson Beisel

Marietta

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Elizabeth Denney
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August 11, 2014
TP is biodegradable by design, so no concern about sitting in a landfill for 100 years.

Oh, and it actually does, so to speak, grow on trees.

The Class of 2015 is a wonderful group of hard working students and superb parents. If this is what they do to feel a little naughty, it sure beats drugs and drinking. I'll take more fun, clean-living traditions like these any day of the week.

(I LOVE OUR TOWN!)
Class of 2015
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August 09, 2014
Ohh and we also signed a poster for mrs colburn so she could know who rolled the school

Class of 2015
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August 09, 2014
Dude, all of us that cleaned it up went out, the seniors that chose not to participate didn't have to clean, and saying we should be punished for this, what would you say if we did something actually damaging to our school? We safely and respectfully showed our school spirit without offending anybody but you. We've been in the news in California to England. Some facts that you tried to bs, it wasn't $2500 dollar tree had a sale going for 4 rolls for a dollar, nobody thinks we are criminals the cops did show up to make sure we were being safe, and yes kids did clean that didn't roll, they just wanted to leave class it was the first day which only matters to freshman.
judis4
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August 08, 2014
Well...anywhere else and this would have been ruled vandalism...but since the school doesn't care and the kids clean it up (more or less...I drove by yesterday and there was still a lot of TP in the trees), I guess it doesn't matter. I'm glad the adults allow this bit of frivolity without going crazy...so many people go ballistic when kids do relatively innocent pranks.
repugnican
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August 08, 2014
As a Conservative Authoritarian I must agree with Bronson but cleaning rest rooms is not punishment enough. What's next putting seran-wrap on toilets? I would suggest at least fifteen years in state prison without parole. Only hard time can correct young ruffians and pranksters and make them tow societies line.
donna80
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August 08, 2014
Marietta is at heart a small town with lots of multi generational MHS students and traditions. It's a rite of passage, and one I hope we keep as long as there is TP in the world. Sorry you have so little humor or connection to a great system. Lots of people who didn't participate volunteer to help clean up. It's part of the tradition, and a long way from vandalism, unless you're part of Fox 5.
Good Grief
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August 08, 2014
Rhett and Bronson, you clearly did not read the articles. This was an organized event. The students who did it signed their names on a list and left it on the front door for the principal. Only those students who participated had to clean it up. Fair and square. As for the resources... the student or parents paid for the supplies used. ITS A TRADITION. By the way...in case you are wondering... "bless your heart" isn't a complement in the southern saying handbook. So bless your heart, y'all.
Class of 2016 mom
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August 08, 2014
O.M.G. Are you serious?? It was a fun prank that is a tradition at this school. No, I am certain not ALL seniors were required to help clean it up. The kids who participate know full well in advance that they need to clean up. They willingly come forward to do so.

Go worry about something important, will you please?

For Rhett who says it is juvenile. Yes it is, because it is done by juveniles.

Move on- very well stated.
Vandalism???
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August 08, 2014
Oh come on.... this is a harmless prank that is dealt with appropriately. The kids clean it up. TP is biodegradable. Lighten up... there's bigger things to worry about.
68MHS
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August 08, 2014
Mr. Beisel you obviously do not know that it is a tradition for MHS seniors to "roll" the school on the first day of their senior year. Having traditions and administrators who understand is one of many things that helps make MHS a wonderful high school. There are rules and there is also respect for tradition and respect between the students and the administrators. Many generations attend MHS and I hope it stays that way.

One last thing Chill out Bronson!
Mary Ladd58
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August 08, 2014
Well, bless your heart. You're just an ol' fuddy duddy, aren't you?
Rhett Writer
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August 08, 2014
I totally agree with the writer. This practice is juvenile and wasteful of time. energy and resoutces.

Further, it punishes those mature enough not to participate, along with the morons who carry it out

It should be treated exactly as every other act of vandalism.
Tony of Roswell St
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August 08, 2014
Please give us your thoughts concerning global warming and gas guzzling vehicles. Also, if you have time, we would like to know more about the Federal Nutrition Program and how it pertains to bake sales at schools.
Steve 1967
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August 08, 2014
Wish we had come up with this. It is a great tradition.The students that did this came forward as they do each year. Most schools wish they had something like this
Clueless TP
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August 08, 2014
Bronson, bless your heart!
Move On
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August 08, 2014
Hey Bronson, lighten up, it's a tradition. The cost of the TP did not come out of your pocket nor did you have to clean it up. Go back inside and take your meds to calm down. The 2015 class has outdone all the others!! This class showed exceptional teamwork and should be commended for involving everyone in the community. Thanks to all the news media for their news clips and especially the MDJ shedding a positive light on a long standing tradition!! Now Bronson take a few deep breaths and go watch CNN like a good liberal should.
Bob1990
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August 07, 2014
You're no fun
DC1120
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August 08, 2014
Lighten up Francis!
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