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Tractor Day canceled at Wausau West


It's a longstanding tradition for students in our area to drive their tractors to school, but for Wausau West High, Tractor Day was canceled.

These students normally would drive their tractors to school as part of their end of school year tradition. Instead they turned around and went home. 

"We get to do this once a year, and they try to take that away from us," said Solomon King, Wausau West student.    

Police said they warned students the event would be shut down if the students didn't improve their driving throughout the school year.

The Wausau Deputy Chief said they were doing burnouts in the parking lot, causing damage to school property. He said since the students didn't meet their end of the bargain, they shut down Tractor Day.

"Their behavior this year hasn't gotten better, they were all aware of the fact that they weren't suppose to bring their tractors to school today," said Bryan Hilts, Wausau Police Deputy Chief.

But, the students driving tractors said they weren't the ones driving recklessly. So despite the warning, they showed up to school. Police said the campus officer gave them a choice to either leave or pay a fine of more than $120.

"He never said what the fine would be for, he never said why," said King.

Police said that's the price for breaking a law they don't usually enforce on Tractor Day, stating tractors can only be driven on roads for agricultural purposes. The Wausau West Principal said administrators had told students to not drive recklessly. 

"I think we do a pretty good job here of trying to work with our kids. I think we can probably still work with them," said Jeb Steckbauer, Wausau West Principal.

Administrators said they plan to talk with students and police to come up with a solution, so next year they can bring back Tractor Day.

Officials said the tractor driving tradition has been around for more than 12 years.

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