Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Finally went by the high school today to find toilet paper galore. The not-so-bad news is, it was mostly -- not all, but mostly -- confined to school property. Hooray for that.
South Milwaukee City Alderman Erik Brooks weighed in on his blog at http://southmilwaukeeblog.com/2011/09/23/seeing-white-homecoming-tp-follow-up/
I agree in large part with Erik.
The other half of my OK, however, will come when the high schoolers who did the deed clean it up.
And, in these days of disappearing school funding and shrinking maintenance resources, I very much object to tax dollars being spent to clean up after those kids. Indeed, any parent, school board member, administration official or teacher who doesn't insist they those who made the mess clean it up is being as irresponsible and doing as much of a public disservice as the pranking juveniles.
In preparation for next year's homecoming celebration and traditions, I suggest those involved -- including parents who get "tipped off" in advance about their kids' plans -- pack up all the toilet paper collected for the night of tping, and send it to the Haitians left homeless by the Jan. 2010 earthquake who are still living in tents and don't have so much as a bar of soap to their names. That would be a far more beneficial use of rolls and rolls of toilet paper than draping it on trees and bushes here.