GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More than 30 Gulfport High School students are facing misdemeanor charges after police say an overnight prank went too far.
Students say Junior-Senior wars are meant to be fun and friendly, but according to Gulfport's Public Information Officer Sergeant Damon McDaniel, high school pranks have escalated over the years.
Sgt. McDaniel says that on Wednesday night, 31 kids were arrested at the Gulfport Sportsplex.
"Upon our arrival we were advised by the witness that a number of juveniles were shooting paint balls at each other, throwing eggs at each other and littering on the property. When they were asked to leave by the witness, they ignored his request and continued with their activity," Sgt. McDaniel said.
Because of that, Sgt. McDaniel says all those involved were arrested for on misdemeanor charges.
"They're taking it to eggs, paint balls, shooting at each other. And when you have a lot of people like that running around carrying on that kind of activity, someone can get hurt," he said.
Even though homecoming is known as a time for fun and tradition, both school and law enforcement officials want students to be safe and not to cross boundaries that could harm themselves or others.
"I will say the same thing we've been saying all week long, we understand the traditions, we understand the homecoming rule but you have to draw the line and be safe and obey the law," Gulfport Superintendent Glen East said.
All students involved in Wednesday night's activity were released to their parents and charged with violation of park rules and regulations and littering. Each student could face anywhere between $500-$1,000 in fines.
"What we want parents to understand is monitor your kid's activity, know what your kids are doing and kind of educate the kids for us," Sgt. McDaniel said.