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Graffti may return to Vernon's Suicide Hill as a way for grads to celebrate

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June 05, 2020 - 11:50 AM

It looks like graffiti may be returning to Suicide Hill.

Vernon grads may not be getting a graduation ceremony this year, but if council gives their approval next week, the students will get to revive an age-old tradition of painting their names on Suicide Hill.

A staff report is suggesting councillors approve closing the portion of 30 Avenue, commonly known as Suicide Hill, and allowing graduating students to write their names on the road. Vernon council still has to approve the right-of-passage and is due to vote on the matter June 8.

The report to council says the paint used must be environmentally friendly and the paint removed by the school board before the road reopens. The staff report recommends the road remain closed until the beginning of the next school year, in early September, the $75 fee for closing the road be waived.

Councillor Brian Quiring put forward the motion at council's May 25 meeting, after a request from a member of the public. Somewhere over the years the tradition died out but the Vernon Library and Archives has photos from the Vernon Daily News of the graduation class of 1978 writing their names on the street.

Vernon Secondary School teacher Kulwinder Smith proposed in a letter to the City that grads paint the road June 17.

Grads from Lumby's Charles Bloom Secondary School got to paint Cop Hill June 4 as part of their graduation celebrations.

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