Police Squash Wausau West’s Tractor Day, Citing Bad Behavior

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

A traditional rite of passage for agriculture students may be in jeopardy at Wausau West High School.

Police say students were warned not to ride their tractors to school Thursday because of past bad behavior, but the students did so anyway.

For the last 15 years or so students at Wausau West and many other area schools, have chosen one day to leave their cars and trucks at home and instead drive their tractors to school.

Thirteen tractors arrived at West early Thursday morning on the seniors' last day. But shortly after, the Police Liaison Officer told the students they had to take them home or be ticketed.

The students say they were baffled but eventually decided they'd drive them home.

Senior Solomon King shared his frustration, "It sucks. I mean we had kids and kids just sitting in the parking lot just sitting there listening to music talking…This is our pride.”

According to Wausau Police, last year on tractor day, students tore up the parking lot with their cars and trucks. They says students squealed their tires and drove recklessly.

Dept. Chief Bryan Hilts says students were warned to stop and if they didn't, tractor day would be canceled. According to police, they didn't.

The students we spoke with say they weren't the ones who engaged in the reckless driving at the parking lot, so they shouldn't be punished. However, police say it was the same group of students.

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