Several Palo Alto teens got a lesson in the difficulty of removing eggs from vehicles and surfaces on Thursday night (Oct. 27), after police apprehended 15 to 20 egg-wielding youths.
Two police units rounded up the teens after officers received reports of possible vandalism at 8:37 p.m. at Greer Park. The teens were reportedly pelting vehicles with eggs, Agent Rich Bullerjahn said.
The teens were not arrested, since no one was injured and no damage was done. But they were made to clean the area and the vehicles of the eggs and their parents were notified, Bullerjahn said.
Egg wars during Spirit Week have become an unauthorized tradition among Palo Alto High School students. In the past it has taken place in a Stanford eucalyptus grove. In 2009 the students moved to Gunn High School after Stanford police scared them away.
Paly Principal Phil Winston said he is "interested in working with students on getting rid of such a destructive, unnecessary activity next year.
"I am disappointed that such a juvenile activity took place," Winston said Friday.
"The event is in no way connected or sponsored by Paly. Everyone needs to send a consistent message to our young folks, parents included, that this is not an acceptable use of time."
In 2009, 11 students were suspended and seven more were punished for participating in an Oct. 27 "egg war" on the Gunn campus that resulted in $3,200 in clean-up costs. A controversy erupted regarding the suspensions, which some parents thought were heavy-handed.
Jacquie McEvoy, who was principal of Paly at that time, later said she would expunge the suspensions from students' records.