Sheriff: Don’t take homecoming pranks too far

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is asking teenagers ready to celebrate homecoming festivities to have fun, bot don’t break the law, destroy property or roll a house if the owner doesn’t want it rolled.

This year, he added a crucial reminder about the burn ban that’s still in effect.

Rolling houses, which is throwing rolls of toilet paper up into trees and throughout the yard is a traditional prank, and Mancuso said he doesn’t have a problem with that — unless the homeowner does.

He realized the necessity for adding the reminder about the burn ban after a resident called to express concern because some property owners remove toilet paper from trees by burning it. The burn ban is still in effect, he said, despite the sporadic rains. Wildfires continue to be fought throughout the state. Conditions are extreme. All private burning is prohibited. All agricultural burning is banned.

“What I am doing here is telling parents to sit down with their children and talk to them and give them some parameters,” Mancuso said.

He said it is still illegal to be out after 11 p.m. during the school week, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

“We want our kids to have fun,” he said. “We know it’s homecoming and there will be pranks, but don’t take it too far, nothing destructive, which could make it criminal. In our community there are those who do not want their houses rolled, and we have to be respectful of that. Rolling a house when it’s not OK could mean facing the consequences.”

Mancuso said he is talking about misdemeanor charges for the most part; however, burning during a burn ban when drought conditions are so extreme could result in an incident that could lead to felony charges.

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