I wish my high school had been more like this one…

If this sort of thing happened at my high school’s football games I’d have actually bothered to attend them despite my dislike of watching sports:

Twelve female high school students sporting only their underwear and duct tape around their breasts ran across a football field during their school team’s home game last week in Delta, B.C.

[…] The streaking happened on Oct. 28 during a Delta Sun Devils game against the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School from Surrey.

Video footage obtained by CBC News shows a dozen South Delta students wearing very little run across the field and spray silly string on the opposing team during half time.

[…] The girls, calling what they did a “harmless prank,” said streaking is a tradition at their school.

“It’s just kind of like a fun [graduation] prank for our year, and it’s been going on for a couple of years now,” said one of the girls, who wanted to be identified only as Rochelle. “It was pretty much out of fun.”

The principal, as most are wont to do, disagrees with it being a harmless prank:

“We don’t take it lightly. This is a school. [In] schools, we hold higher ideals than we do in, say, the mall,” Ted Johnson told CBC News in an interview.

Holy crap! Girls sometimes streak half-naked through Canadian malls? Which ones? When? Why the hell didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?

Johnson said he warned students last month not to streak at this year’s final game of the season but was, obviously, ignored. Many parents and children left the game in disgust after the prank, he said.

“Our position is one that we don’t celebrate this. We don’t find it funny,” he said.

I don’t know. It seems kind of funny to me. There’s a blurry picture of the girls in action at the link. I’m sure the opposing football team is just traumatized by having a dozen mostly naked cheerleaders spray them with silly string. “Hey coach! When are we scheduled to play these guys again? Is there anyway we can just play them every week?”

On a more serious note: There’s an interesting distinction between America and Canada to be drawn from this news item. Here’s the consequences the girls will be facing for their impulsive bit of horseplay:

Johnson said he has told the girls involved that they will be suspended from school if they do anything else wrong.

They must also encourage younger students to end the streaking tradition, Johnson said.

That’s it. A stern talking to and a don’t-fuck-up-again warning.

Here in the U.S. the girls would probably be arrested and put on a sex offender registry because they, and the football players, are all minors and the person who filmed them would be arrested and charged with producing child pornography.

That’s an interesting distinction, don’t you think?