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After prank, students can pay parking ticket — or donate to hurricane relief

The scene last week at Braintree High School.
Braintree police department
The scene last week at Braintree High School.

Police in Braintree have offered high school students a chance to avoid their recent parking tickets by making a donation to the Houston Food Bank or American Red Cross.

On Friday, police posted a picture on Facebook that showed dozens of cars parked sideways in the Braintree High School lot, rather than straight on. Police quipped that students must have forgotten how to park there since “it has been so long” since they had been in school, and they thanked the students for the $975 they had contributed to the town.

The next day, police posted that the illegal parking was actually a prank by the seniors against the underclassman in a “parking lot turf war.”

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In light of the situation, police offered students the chance to have their parking tickets voided if they provided proof that they donated to the Houston Food Bank or Red Cross to help victims of the season’s hurricanes.

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The police also challenged students who were not ticketed to consider a donation as well.

Jake Johnson can be reached at jake.johnson@globe.com.