Tagging Suicide Hill in Vernon in lieu of grad party?

Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1981 spray paints their names on Suicide Hill on 30th Avenue. (Submitted)
Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1981 spray paints their names on Suicide Hill on 30th Avenue. (Submitted)
Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1981 spray paints their names on Suicide Hill on 30th Avenue. (Submitted)
Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1981 graduate Roger Knox, and beloved reporter of the Vernon Morning Star, gets his shirt tagged by classmates. (Submitted)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put all parties on hold, including celebrations for local grads.

Secondary schools are forced to think outside the box this year to honour their graduating classes during unprecedented times where large gatherings have been banned by the province to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

With that in mind, a City of Vernon councillor pitched the idea of reviving the long-standing tradition of tagging Suicide Hill.

Coun. Brian Quiring told his councillor colleagues Monday, May 25, he was approached by a member of the public with the idea of spray painting names on a portion of 30th Avenue.

“In previous years, way back before I lived here, graduating classed used to paint their names on Suicide Hill,” Quiring said. “This year, (students) are apparently not permitted to take photographs on the steps of the court house and they can’t have graduation.”

Coun. Akbal Mund asked if neighbours should be consulted.

City staff were requested to come back with a report on the proposal for council review at its next meeting June 8.

In neighbouring communities, Enderby’s A.L. Fortune Secondary and Pleasant Valley Secondary in Armstrong were hoping to host a makeshift graduation ceremony at the Starlight Drive-In theatre in Enderby. Unfortunately, Starlight learned it was not exempt from the provincial health officer’s limit of 50-vehicle congregations.

On May 26, A.L. Fortune’s principal Scott Anderson learned the grad events were cancelled and he and his staff are back to the drawing board to plan something else.

READ MORE: Ruling change scuttles Okanagan-Shuswap grad plans

READ MORE: North Okanagan campers trashing rules


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Jocelyn’s Jottings: When everyone is a friend of a friend

Chances are I know someone in Revelstoke who knows you, such is… Continue reading

Revelstoke city staff bring forward community centre reopening plans

Plans for the arena and pool will come later this summer

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Security cameras catch break and enter suspects on July 1 in Revelstoke

RCMP are asking for help to identify the men and a vehicle

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read