#039;Tossing the T.P.#039; fun, but illegal

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 3, 2003

We've said it before. We'll say it again.

Don't get so caught up in the act of "rolling yards" this homecoming season that you jeopardize your safety.

A few weeks back, three Opp High School students were injured after partaking in yard rolling. Wednesday night, a Straughn High School student was injured. His car was loaded with toilet paper, prompting many witnesses to believe he too had been yard rolling.

In Red Level, Gantt and Rose Hill, trees are covered with the white stuff, flowing freely in the breeze.

What's wrong with that you might ask?

Well, to simply put it - it's illegal.

In Andalusia, there is a city ordinance making tossing the toilet paper illegal. In the county, there is an ordinance that does the same. In any respect though, it's difficult to prosecute "rollers," simply because few are every actually caught in the act.

We are not taking sides in this issue - by any means, as nearly all of us are guilty of tossing a few rolls at some point in our life. We must, though, lean to the side of the law and remind people that it is illegal - unless you have permission from the resident.

We understand this is all in good fun, and we understand you can never curb the act completely - no matter how many laws you pass.

However, we must also urge extreme caution in this matter. Many "victims" of the late-night strikes by teens don't seem to particularly care that their house has been "hit." Many of them are flattered the teens care enough about them to remember them.

It can be a messy situation though - although it's generally easy to clean up with a water hose and rake.

The main thing though is to be careful.

As we've said before, accidents happen. But, please, please, please - be careful if you're going to participate in this activity.

It has become tradition - although most school administrators would prefer that particular tradition disappeared.

We're not condemning, nor condoning. We're just warning and urging caution.