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High School rivalry leads to destructive pranks
A crosstown rivalry makes for a great football game, but it can also lead to some destructive pranks.
As Choctawhatchee and Fort Walton Beach High Schools get ready for a showdown tomorrow night, Channel Three's Laura Hussey tells us how the schools are trying to prevent vandalism.
Laura Hussey "If you'd like to see school spirit gone a bit too far, you can look right here at the press box at the Choctawhatchee High School Stadium. They've started to cover up the graffiti, but this whole thing is going to have to be repainted. That will be expensive"
It's a challenging task getting high school students to celebrate a football rivalry without leaving a trail of destruction.
Jacklyn Henley "I know we've burned each other's fields in the past, with salt"
That happened again this year, but grounds crews cleaned up the salt before it did any damage.
With social media at play, pranks like that stoke the fire instead of fading away.
Charlee Duyess "Definitely, 'cause you can actually see what people are doing at that time"
The principals of Choctaw and Fort Walton put on each other's school colors to make a video about keeping pre-game activities positive.
Charlene Couvillion "But we want the rivalry to be on the field, we really need to respect each other's property"
They sent a letter to parents, saying students who vandalize will have to pay for the damage.
Cindy Gates "and also if it's vandalism, it means calling the sheriff's department for them to handle that"
Student Jacklyn Henley says knowing when to stop is a matter of common sense, but not everybody has that.
Jacklyn "It's fun, like painting people's houses, rolling, like all that kind of stuff is fun, plating. But then there's a point where you've got to stop and you've got to calm down"
Laura Hussey "Friday night, you won't be able to bring any silly string, baby powder, paint or glitter into this stadium. Vikings, Indians please take note, I am standing on the 50 yard line, that's right in the middle."