Let’s dance – and stop taggers

The City of Los Angeles gives out $1,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest of taggers, including a recent payment to the person who reported tagging on the 5200 block of Monte Vista Street in Highland Park. But perhaps the city can save some money by following the lead of Eagle Rock High School, where tagging and vandalism has dropped in part after students were offered a different kind of incentive to report vandalism. What do students get for submitting a tagging tip? Free tickets to school dances, reports the school paper, the Eagle’s Scream, in a story headlined “Tell on a Tagger for a Ticket”:

“By reporting taggers and getting into all the dances for free,
students will be able to get rid of this problem. Tagging isn’t something to be proud of, and with everyone’s cooperation and involvement, ERHS might be rid of the pest.”

So far three taggers have been turned in this semester, according to the story. Assistant principal Koh Ikeda, in an interview with The Eastsider, said the dance ticket giveaways is one of several efforts currently being undertaken to combat tagging and vandalism on campus. “A lot more eyes are watching.”

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