OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Homecoming is a time when juniors and seniors declare war by "rolling" each others houses with toilet paper. But, what some students consider a harmless prank can get out of hand.
"When I was a junior, they actually spray painted on somebody's garage," said St. Martin High Senior Paulina Reynolds.
With "Homecoming Spirit Week" approaching at St. Martin High, Principal Dina Holland posted a challenge on social media, saying in part: "Are you ready to do battle for a good cause that brings students together, rather than tear them apart"?
It's a challenge some leaders of their junior and senior classes immediately embraced.
"We're going to start anew, make it all different, reinvent the whole Junior-Senior War at St. Martin," Reynolds told a group of students gathered in the school courtyard Thursday.
The strategy — compete to see which class can do the most good.
"Instead of vandalizing, because it's always blown out of proportion and people's feelings get hurt and property gets destroyed, so we're trying to get rid of that and actually help our community," said St. Martin High Junior Jenna Broadus.
By starting this new tradition, the students hope to leave a better legacy.
"I think with us making this little change, it's going to bring a big impact in our community. Biloxi, Ocean Springs, I'm sure we can challenge them to do the same," said Austin.
Homecoming Week for St. Martin High is October 12-16. Once the students come up with a list of service projects, they can then sign-up and volunteer.
Law enforcement and school officials in the surrounding areas are encouraging students to play it smart during homecoming.