Re: Letter to editor, “Put toilet paper criminals to work cleaning public restrooms” about the TPing of Marietta High School by rising seniors, a longstanding tradition
In re to the incensed man flogging the MDJ about the TP incident: he sounded a little like Scrooge. But he made valid points.
It’s true that people hate to give up traditions sacred to them. Examples in American literature are “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, or the savage short story by Doris Lessig: “The Lottery.”
Soooo, I have a suggestion. How about the Marietta H.S. Class of 2016 holds to the TP part of their tradition, sort of, by using a very limited number of rolls of that indispensable commodity to “decorate” the school’s main entrance? Then estimate the costs of stuff to carry out and clean up this year’s “project.”
Collect and create with that amount of money a scholarship or some such thing. The amount contributed could be put in a local bank to draw interest. Maybe the bank would even choose to chip in a worthy sum themselves.
The senior class officers, or those in the National Honor Society, could be given the task of deciding what the money would be awarded for: a very creative senior, a “gifted” teacher, a deserving custodian (who cleans up all sorts of messes all year long), a local charity. The recipient need not be the same every year.
Meanwhile, the energetic class of 2015 should be sublimely thankful the rain did not fall on their “parade.” The class of 2016 would have bragging rights to giving “TP Night” a whole new spin!
Melissa B. Anderson