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The Chalk Around Town

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 10:23 PM

Have you been chalked lately? Has your high school student come home chalked yet? To what am I referring you might ask. Vehicle art, window painting, playing car chalking tag, whatever it may be called these days by teenagers, I, as a parent, call it ridiculous.

Painting messages, scribbling, or just generally covering a vehicle's windows is the latest craze in the Marshall High School parking lot. Teenagers can be found writing on a friend's car windows with glass chalk as a practical joke or to celebrate a birthday, sports achievement or other school activity. The trend has become so popular that it is nearly impossible to drive through the high school parking lot without seeing several chalked cars. The glass chalk can be found at Wal-Mart for about $3.00 a tube.

With all of the more serious news happening around the community and world why would I devote an entire blog to this subject? The simple answer is window painting has become quite controversial around my home. My junior in high school continually comes home with more and more chalk on his windows to the point that I have become concerned as to his ability to see. My argument with him is that he should take more pride in his vehicle and keep it clean. Okay, so he drives a 4x4 Ford truck, and they are supposed to be dirty but the kid still has to be able to see the road and other cars. My son recently cleaned his windows, without any coaxing from his mom; it came off but left a slight haze on the glass.

Surprisingly, I do remember being a teenager and I realize that window chalking is all fun and games. Nevertheless, as a parent, I find the window art annoying and get tired of seeing my son's truck "blacked out" with the chalk.

Let me know readers if I am just a stick in the mud. Maybe some local law enforcement officers or teens can chime in with their opinions. I think the chalk, used in moderation, is fine. What happens if the driver is involved in an accident due to the chalk obscuring his/her vision? How easy is the chalk removed? When does a kid's idea of fun turn into vandalism? Don't mind me, I am just thinking aloud.


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Karen I also think the chalk used in moderation, is fine.

The bad thing is I don't think most of our young people have much of an idea what moderation is.

-- Posted by Gal66 on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Karen,

Don't feel bad - my son graduated a few years ago, but when he was in high school some girl always drew hearts and left love notes on his vehicle with chalk - I didn't like it much. But he also had window tinting with skulls on it that I hated too! Just seemed to me these things made it hard for him to see the road. He made my point when he backed into someone in the high school parking lot - but his dad let him keep the tinting and the chalking continued! Another thing about the chalk - it doesn't wash off very easily. Even with the high pressure of the water at the car wash it doesn't just wash it away - you have to scrub it to take it off. I know it's just a young people thing - I'm sure my parents didn't like some of the stuff we thought was fun when I was a teenager. I guess it could be worse - now that he's a bit older and out on his own it's seems every time I see him he's covered in hickey's. Right now I'd take the chalk thing back in a minute.

-- Posted by Typesetter on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 9:47 AM

So is what you are saying that YOU can't influence YOUR child to clean the chalk off of the vehicle so now you are looking for others to somehow legislate or enforce what you as a parent don't seem to be able to control in your child?

Give me a break!

-- Posted by momaster on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Karen;

I have seen some nasty things driving in MHS parking lot. I think it needs to be clean fun for prom or homecoming.

-- Posted by take5 on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 12:45 PM

Cheetah,

Thanks for the response to momaster. I am not seeking assistance from anyone to aid me in parenting my child. In fact, my son became so aggravated with all of the chalk that he scraped and cleaned his windows on his own. I am questioning the reasoning behind the chalking and why the students feel it necessary to go "over the top" with it. Maybe momaster is one of the "chalkers" at the high school and does not have the guts to say so. With my attempt to gather more information, I contacted the Principal and Vice Principal offices today but they were both unavailable

-- Posted by writerintraining on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 1:53 PM

I believe the law regarding this matter is based on the fact that it is illegal to drive a vehicle that does not provide clear visibility all the way around. It does not matter what the obstruction is, whether ice, snow, or chalk.

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 6:03 PM

Ok reader,

I'm guessing you are right on with that response. Convince these teenagers of that!

-- Posted by writerintraining on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 8:17 PM

No I am not one of the students at Marshall H.S.

Just to set the record straight.

-- Posted by momaster on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 8:29 PM

"Have you been chalked lately?"

--Yes, I have been chalked lately. More importantly, I chalk up about four times a day.

"Let me know readers if I am just a stick in the mud."

--Unfortunately I have read some of your blog entries, and you are certainly a stick in the mud.

-- Posted by SecretAgentMichaelScarn on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 10:54 PM

Secret,

Thanks, glad to hear you are a fan. Obviously you are still reading the blog entries though!

-- Posted by writerintraining on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 9:26 AM

I think the chalking is not only distracting to the driver that is actually driving the vehicle but to the other drivers on the road. It's funny this issue has come up as I was just thinking the other day while driving through the Wal-Mart parking lot and seeing all these cars with chalk writing that said absolutely nothing written all over their windows...what happened to just using the chalk for spirit week or prom, any special event, not just to say "Joe is my bud" etc. It has gotten out of hand. I don't think your a stick in the mud, it has become a safety issue for everyone on the road, and I often to wonder sometimes if I'm picking the right battles when it comes to certain arguments with my kids, I guess I didn't receive the manual that momaster recieved on how to raise your childern perfect either.

-- Posted by MBGAL on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 2:42 PM

Recently I came home to find that several cars on my street had been "chalked", and lets just say the words on one of the cars were very hateful and derogatory. I remember "tagging" each other's cars in high school and I don't have a problem with the writing on all the cars, but don't go around town writing on cars that belong to people you don't know.

-- Posted by speedfingers on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:33 AM

MBGAL-

I agree with you, I don't see anything wrong with supporting sports teams and promoting homecoming or prom. Just to smear something all over the windows is annoying and I think these kids probably need to spend more time with their school books rather than window chalk.

-- Posted by writerintraining on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 10:21 AM

speedfingers,

You are saying that several cars on your street have now been "chalked" with derogatory words possibly by individuals they don't even know? Random vandalism as far as I am concerned.

-- Posted by writerintraining on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 10:23 AM

great blog karen, great stupid topic but it's really so stupidly right on. the thing i find very annoying as i drive around town is to see all these kids with stuff written on their windows keeping it on their windows, driving around like it's a badge of honor, kind of like "look at me, i feel good, someone chalked my windows, i must be popular and important" ... it's an immaturity thing - much like the baggy pants hanging down so we can see their crack and underwear ... what's the purpose? who cares??!?!? just my opinion, but what the hell could be a useful purpose of having a pair of jeans on where the belt is tied on tight between the knees and hips ... someone answer that.

-- Posted by aikman8 on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 1:11 AM

"much like the baggy pants hanging down so we can see their crack and underwear ... what's the purpose?"

I doubt if the kids could tell you what the purpose is. They are programmed to think it's cool when it is actually signals their submission to slavery. I hear it's a style that grew out of the prison system and it marked the stylist as a man *****. This is what our kids emulate.

"what the hell could be a useful purpose of having a pair of jeans on where the belt is tied on tight between the knees and hips ... someone answer that."

It makes these otherwise natural trackstars easier to run down and kick in the head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfyYT4E0f...

-- Posted by Third Child on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 12:05 PM

Third Child:Racist too? Wow.

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 2:55 PM

As in, YOU TOO, Okie?

Who would have guessed? :)

-- Posted by Third Child on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 4:37 PM

These blogs are the best thing ever. I still subscribe to the Democrat News... but I'm more and more becoming aware of the internet connection.Thanks!

-- Posted by Jackie on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 8:25 AM


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Karen Mullins was born and raised in Marshall. Her blog focuses on hometown events and happenings or national and regional events that affect Marshall residents. She says, "I would like to highlight working toward making Marshall a more attractive place to work and live for future generations. How do we keep our youth here or to return here after college?" She is very interested in hearing from readers on these issues.
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