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Gainesville city councilman caught up in wave of high school pranks
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Toilet paper streams across Gainesville City Council member Sam Couvillon's house on Tommy Aaron Drive in Gainesville. Police are warning pranksters that their actions could have criminal and civil consequences.

Gainesville City Councilman Sam Couvillon found lots and lots of toilet paper in front of his home Wednesday night when he got up to use the restroom.

His house had been “rolled.”

“It’s my second child, so I kind of know what to expect. I’ve been expecting it all week … I’m not offended by it. I feel like it’s in good nature. The thing you worry about is kids that take it too far, property damage and things of that nature,” Couvillon said, recalling an incident in the past when a young man was hit just below the eye with a paintball.

Gainesville Police struck a similar tone regarding end-of-the-year high school pranks which residents have been discovering this week.

“We are aware it’s that time of year that the high school senior/junior pranks are occurring. This is a tradition for schools nationwide. We would like to remind those that choose to participate that many circumstances can be considered a criminal matter. All parties involved should be cognizant they can be held liable criminally and civilly,” Cpl. Jessica Van wrote in an email Thursday, April 25.

Deputy Chief John Robertson said they had received “calls of concern” about pranks, but the deputy chief did not find any “reporting them as criminal incidents where a desire for investigation/prosecution was requested.”

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said he did not find any incident reports from Wednesday, Thursday or Friday related to any pranks.



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