Authorities ask Geneva students not to cause malicious damage this Homecoming Week

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — During Homecoming Week for Geneva High School, law enforcement is being proactive when it comes to preventing any student pranks that could result in public damage.

On Sunday night, one or more persons would toilet paper many of the trees along Commerce Street
in Downtown Geneva.

Several businesses also got ‘rolled,’ Geneva police say if the business owner does not mind, that’s fine. But, it’s a different story if the property owner doesn’t want that activity at their home nor place of buisness.

“What we ask of the students that get out, we know your going to toilet paper, but be respectful for people don’t want this to happen in their yard,” Geneva Police Captain Michael McDuffie said. “And we don’t want this to happen because if they turn it in, it is a crime. It’s littering if your in people’s yards and they don’t want you there.”

In years past, the prank would become criminal. Previously, there were cases when frozen eggs would be thrown at homes and vehicles causing damage. Several years ago, there was a case where students threw flour at moving vehicles causing several near accidents.

“Fun is fun, until you cause injury or financial pain,” Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said. “We just want them to think about that. A lot of people don’t want their property toilet papered, or eggs thrown at them, or their cars either, that’s criminal mischief.”

Geneva police held several school forums advising students to use a little common sense before rolling a tree on private property. “Do it only if the homeowner doesn’t mind.”

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