At most high schools, the money raised selling pop, candy, hotdogs and popcorn at Friday night football games helps support the athletic programs at the school. And in most cases, it volunteer parents who work at those stands in all kinds of weather to help raise that money.
Then, of course, you sometimes have a stranger like Ann L. O’Connell, who walked into the busy concession stand at Barrington High School during the homecoming game last Friday, pretended to be just another parent volunteer and quietly stuffed a couple of hundred dollars from the cash drawer into a popcorn box, then calmly walked back to her seat in the stands. Fortunately for BHS, another volunteer saw what was going on, called police and followed her back to her seat.
O’Connell now faces theft charges and likely will be working the concession stand at the local jail for 2 to 5 years.
It’s that time of year again when high school graduates “come home” to their schools to attend a football game and remember what it was like to be young and stupid again. For high school students it’s usually a week of fun activities that culminate in the halftime festivities a the big game where the homecoming king and queen are crowned, followed by a wild party at the queen’s house where the cops show up and bust everyone for underage drinking.
Oh wait, that’s not how it goes at your school? Well, that’s how the tradition is at Elyria High School where Emily Norris, 17, was both crowned and charged with underage possession of alcohol and obstructing official business within about a 12 hour period this weekend. On the plus side, Norris at least tried to avoid arrest, turning off the lights and refusing to answer the door when police showed up to investigate complaints of a loud party at her parents house. Officers left when no one would let them in, but waited at the end of the block for drunken high school kids to leave. In total, 60 EHS students got in trouble including a number of jocks.
That’s . . . illogical.
There, we had to say it, didn’t we? But really: who thinks their going to get away with arson in broad daylight wearing a mascot costume? Especially when you are dressed up as a giant bearded god of fire (not the Star Trek kind). No, it was not a great day for one James Shaffer of Johnstown, PA who, after allegedly setting the fire during the California University of Pennsylvania parade, also suffered some kind of personal medical condition.
Here’s more on the story from the Tribune-Democrat:
University spokeswoman Christine Kindl said 20-year-old James Shaffer, of Johnstown, told the (Uniontown) Herald-Standard that he was undergoing “an evaluation at a medical facility” on Monday, a day after he was charged with setting the fire.
California borough police said Shaffer set fire to the float Sunday afternoon. It was parked on a street after breaking down Saturday during the university’s homecoming parade.
Shaffer dresses as the shaggy-haired, muscular Cal U. Vulcan at sports events and other functions.
He’ll face a preliminary hearing on arson, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct charges.