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ERIC Number: EJ831146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Time to Terminate Toilet Papering
Moscinski, David
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v5 n1 p36-38 Spr 2008
Each September in Wisconsin students return to school, football games draw enthusiastic crowds, and homecoming week is celebrated. Trees lose their leaves only to be re-adorned in white in that generation bridging tradition known as toilet papering. Community residents have differing opinions on "tp"ing, in large part determined by whether they are on the giving or receiving end. Parents did it when they were kids and may even continue to participate today. Many community residents are of the opposite view--particularly if the white mess covers their trees; or if their filters have been clogged; or if students have trespassed over their yard; or if the celebration has gotten further out of hand and other vandalism has occurred. An enterprising student once waited for "tp"ing classmates to show up at his home where upon they were ambushed and blasted with paint balls that had been frozen. Some districts have taken to canceling homecoming events because the behavior has gotten so out of hand. This article treats toilet papering as a student safety issue and recommends a plan to eliminate it and potentially save students from harm.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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