I fill in for the cops-and-courts reporter once in a while. One of the duties is to comb through the police reports, looking for items worthy of publication. This can be interesting, heart-breaking or total drudgery.
One item that we normally would not report came up last week. Two Janesville 20-year-olds had parked a car in the Rockport Park lot on Rockport Road in the early morning hours of Friday, July 8.
A police officer came along, saw the car and searched for its occupants but couldn’t find them. They had spotted the officer and hid. But he staked out the car, and when they returned to it shortly before 2 a.m., he issued them tickets for violating a municipal-ordinance, for being in the park after hours.
The pair told the cop that they knew they shouldn’t be there at that hour. They also told him they had been playing “skip tag” with friends.
I checked with the younger folk in the Gazette newsroom. No one had heard of skip tag. I checked with my 23-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son, who grew up here, and they had never heard of it.
I Googled the term, and Google has only heard of skip tag in reference to computer coding, not a game played in the woods in the wee hours of the morning.
Anyone know what skip tag is?