Police, school call for truce in junior-senior pranks

OK, students consider this your warning: The annual Homecoming Week junior-senior wars, which in recent years have escalated from malicious mischief to property destruction, will not be tolerated this year.

School leaders and police say the annual hijinks would traditionally begin this weekend, in advance of Homecoming Week at Biloxi High School, but after a growing number of complaints from residents and business owners, police will be vigilant in enforcement efforts. School leaders, in fact, delivered a recorded telephone message to parents this week, and administrators alerted police that homecoming week has arrived again.

“We had an incident last year where an officer was called to a report of a prowler one night at a residence, and a student dressed in black clothes was lurking outside the house,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. “He turned on the officer and was brandishing a hand gun. It was only a paintball gun, but that could have been a deadly situation.”

Anyone found trespassing or damaging property is subject to being arrested and prosecuted.

“In the past, we’ve taken people to the police station and called their parents,” Miller said. “Students may very well be arrested, and we’d hate to see an arrest record hamper their chances of going to a premier college or joining the military. We’re asking people to make good decisions, and we’re warning students and parents now.”
Read the warning from Biloxi Public Schools