HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Hall County sheriff officials asked parents to talk to their high schoolers about not engaging in prank wars between rival schools this year.
According to officials, what started as fun events to celebrate prom season and high school graduation has escalated into a crime spree.
Deputies said the junior-senior wars between rival high schools and classes in individual schools have escalated from tossing a roll or two of toilet paper in someone’s yard to vandalizing property.
Photos shared by deputies show vehicles damaged by pellet shots and paintballs, homes damaged by eggs, and expensive landscapes destroyed by cars during the prank war.
Officials said this activity is happening all over the county and not just in one place.
Authorities asked parents to discourage their students from participating in the prank wars to prevent further incidents from happening.
“We get it; you may not know where they are at every moment, but please have a discussion with them about the potential consequences of their actions,” officials wrote on Facebook. “What may seem like simple pranks to them can be classified as criminal acts such as vandalism, criminal damage to property, trespassing or breaking and entering.”
In 2022, several students were arrested during the junior-senior wars. Authorities added that several homeowners, including teachers, were prepared to file charges against those arrested.
It is unclear how many students were arrested.
Anyone who needs assistance from deputies during the upcoming activity is asked to call 911.
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