SACHEM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Leaked instructions for a scavenger hunt involving local students are causing a stir in Long Island’s Sachem school district.
The list appeared Monday on the Sachem Patch website.
It listed such things as harmless as buying 25 cents worth of gas, but others– like speeding at 100 mph for 10 points and running a red light– are more dangerous. Some of the acts are even a bit disgusting, like defecating on someone’s doorstep for 50 points.
Newsday says Twitter users identifying themselves as Sachem East students and alumni said the scavenger hunt for Sachem East seniors happened Sunday night. The tweets said the list was leaked to Patch by an unidentified parent.
The district’s superintendent says the scavenger hunt was certainly not a school activity but its principals have been reinforcing the message of good decision making and respectful, responsible behavior.
Some parents hope the list is a hoax, but are worried that if real, it’s dangerous.
“These kids have no fear and it’s scary to think children can do this without any fear,” parent Diane Nieves told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff.
Police Monday received reports of a stolen mailbox and cemetery vandalism. The list published by Patch included “steal a mailbox” and “dance on grave.”
Trustees of the historic Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery call it an atrocity after four Civil War-era headstones were damaged and American flags were strewn across sacred grounds.
“They’re laying here for eternity and someone comes and kicks over a grave or desecrates an American flag,” Suffolk County legislator Tom Muratore said. “Some of those things are crimes that they are doing on that list.”
“A game—just ridiculous,” Cemetery Trustee Helen Hethy Mulvihill said.
“Why this? Can you go get a roll of toilet paper and throw it on someone’s trees? I thought it was unacceptable,” Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage President Ellen Okvist said.
Cemetery trustees say student government leaders reached out with offers to clean up the damage, saying if students are to blame, it’s not representative of their school.
On Thursday, members of the student government will meet with the trustees.
Suffolk County leaders are asking the public to contact police with information regarding the incident.
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