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Juneau-Douglas High School pranksters should be punished

Posted: May 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Senior pranks at the end of the school year are common in all schools.

At the end of the school year, kids want to celebrate the end of school by pulling pranks. Most pranks are harmless. However, what the kids did at the high school is beyond a prank. How will the parents react to discover that their children were involved in this?

After reading the article in the Empire, it is apparent that there will not be any charges. I feel that there should be some kind of atonement for what they did.

What message is being sent to the younger generation? That doing something like this is all right and they do not have to worry about consequences?

Mary White and Kristina Weiser

Juneau

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Kevin Nye 05/30/14 - 06:54 am
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Identify The Perps

I agree that they should be punished, but also that their names be published for what they did. Why are they being protected? Because they are "delicate flowers" who need to be saved from "falling through the cracks" or some stupid "touchy feely" excuse? Obviously, they are not delicate flowers, but rather, kids with a serious problem who should be exposed and humiliated for their vile act of fecal "humor". Maybe that will humble the little ba...humble them.

Although it it was the custodial staff who payed the most debasing of prices, by having to clean it up, here, there, and everywhere else these Delicate Flowers left their leavings, the school itself, Juneau Douglas High School, pays the ultimate price in having it's own reputation besmirched. As a matter of fact, it is alleged by one Ketchikan Mom with whom I spoke during this past season, that something similar was done at their school by JDHS football team members when JD High vanquished Kayhi in a high scoring romp during their near stellar season this past year. Notice that I said ALLEGED. I found it hard to believe at the time that what this Mom said was true, but now, I am not so surprised at what she alleged and now believe that what she said may well have been true. As I have taught my kids, "reputations don't come from nowhere".

I for one think that normal high school pranks are fine and dandy, and lend to a spirit of camaraderie, when done with taste and genuine humor, but I am sure that we all agree that this was not one of those. And, I even think that the fact that Thunder Mountain High kids came and put Royal Blue paint on the Red and Black "2014" numbers painted on a side street near JDHS is a "fair game prank". And, I think it is just equally fair game that JDHS students retaliated with Red and Black paint on TMHS school grounds. That's just good old fashioned cross town rivalry in my opinion. JDHS beat TMHS (smeared TMHS) in football, and TMHS vanquished JDHS in basketball two years in a row. Good stuff, that. But one of the comments left in Red and Black paint on the TMHS blacktop said "JDHS rules this town". And to that, all I can say is "Maybe they used to rule this town, but now JDHS will be remembered as "JDHS s***s on itself". Unfortunately, things like this have their way of "sticking".

Sadly, this disgusting act does NOT in reality, reflect the character of all JDHS Students, past, present, and future. JDHS is a fine school loaded with Excellent Kids, and the Principal, Paula Kasperson, is a fine individual who was no doubt horrified by this debasing act. But, the overall fact that JDHS has been an excellent school has now been overshadowed by this incident.

The students and Alumni of JDHS, and specifically the Class Of 2014 have themselves been besmirched by this "prank", and it is my opinion that the perpetrators be outed, that is, IDENTIFIED so as to clear all other students of this putrid act. The reputation will linger, but at least the actual Performers, these Delicate Flowers, if identified, will draw the attention to where it really belongs. On THEM, and away the rest of the Class Of 2014.

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