Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that anyone caught TP-ing would receive a $250 fine from the city. Chariton Police said that anyone caught TP-ing, without the property owner's permission, could be charged with trespassing or property damage offenses. Officials said fines are handled on a case-by-case basis and vary depending on the severity of the damage.
CHARITON, Iowa -- Kids in Chariton who want to continue an age-old homecoming tradition could face a hefty fine.
“In the past they`ve always been allowed to do it and now they are trying to take it away from them. It’s kind of a big deal around here,” says resident Karen Carver.
The city is fining students if they toilet paper residents' yards without their permission.
The decision made the rounds on Facebook then students began asking residents if it was okay to “TP” certain yards. Dozens of people agreed, saying they want to keep the tradition alive. Carver was one of them. She placed a sign her front yard saying, “Feel free to TP.”
“It’s a homecoming tradition and the kids look forward to it. If you don’t let them do something they are going to do things they shouldn’t do,” she said.
The city just implemented the ordinance because officials say last year’s homecoming festivities got out of hand.
“They had some trespassing concerns and some vandalism concerns with excessive issues of TP-ing," said district superitendent, Paula Wright. "We tried to warn the kids they needed to keep it confined to what’s acceptable."
According to the city manager, only a few fines were issued last night. He says that's a significant decrease from last year.