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St. Charles Shotgun Scare Leads to District Ban on ‘TPing’

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - A shotgun blast has prompted an area school superintendent to call for an end to an unofficial homecoming tradition: “TPing.”

Superintendent Jeff Marion issued the moratorium after a property owner fired a shotgun at a car Sunday night. The homeowner believed the car belonged to students.

“If that doesn’t get your attention as a parent or an administrator, or even a student, I’m not sure what will,” Marion said.

The car actually belonged to a neighbor, not students, according to St. Charles Officer Erik Lawrenz. The homeowner, Daniel Beauchamp, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

No one was harmed in the shooting but Marion says it grabbed his attention.

“I have to at least say the district is not for this. If you do it and the police give us your names, you’re going to be accountable, you’re going to miss some Homecoming activities at the very least,” he said.

“Something this serious, where you have kids being shot at, you got to try to let the people know where you stand as a district,” Marion added. “If you’re going to TP in the name of the district, we have to let you know we don’t condone that.”

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