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Toilet papering in the community

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 9:30 a.m. CDT

From Kevin and Carol King

Creston

You (Creston News Advertiser) recently ran a photo in the newspaper of a house that had been toilet papered in “celebration” of homecoming in the newspaper.

That house belongs to us!

Every year we have to deal with the issues of homecoming, and we are totally worn out with it. You just glorified what these students did. When in school, we are trying to teach our students to “respect others” as one of our pillars of character.

We understand that homecoming has many traditions and toilet papering has been a part of that, however, we would encourage parents and community members to help students understand that toilet papering should be done to those who want to take part in it and to respect those who do not.

Our house has nothing to do with homecoming!

You want to call it a “celebration,” but what about the vandalism that occurs with it when your house gets “hit?” You don’t mention that, or the fact it is trespassing.

In the past years, we have been put in the position of staying up all night while sitting outside. Kids are out all hours of the night, even as late as 4 and 5 a.m.

Unfortunately, the issue has gone well beyond the toilet paper. In the past years, we have had pictures of male genitalia drawn on our windows (more than once), our house egged after fresh paint, and yard ornaments broken/destroyed along with all the toilet paper.

HOW IS THIS CELEBRATING? THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A FOOTBALL GAME!

This is NOT a “celebration.” We take pride in our home and work in our yard with plants and flowers. As we continue to clean up our yard this week and once again gather up the broken decorations from the flowerbeds and the yard, we are totally confused why this continues to happen.

We didn’t ask for this. We clearly put the message out there that we would like to be left alone! These actions were disrespectful to our property, our personal boundaries and to us.

You want to call this a “celebration,” however, if it was your house this happened to every year, and if you had experienced some of the vandalism we have had, you would have a different opinion.

The Creston News Advertiser just sensationalized this act, and we couldn’t be more disappointed and upset.

Think first ... to put that picture in the paper without researching the issue and without gaining permission was negligent and careless.

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