Saybrook Parks and Rec Stabbing
Posted in the Old Saybrook Forum
#1 Apr 27, 2011
Jenna Cho reporter for the Day news-ray, misreports this story and then the Day disables readers comments ...again.
From what I know about this as told to me by child who was there, Child "A" had open knife in pocket and brought it to OS park & rec.
Child "B" approached Child "A" after an occurrence took place concerning an object that was taken from him.
Child "B" attempted to "knee" child "A" in the onion sack and kneed the open blade in Child "A"s pocket causing the injury.
Action causes reaction.
Of course child "A" should never bring a knife to any school property, and is quite foolish to have an open blade in his pants pocket that is quite close to his femoral artery and his future family making equipment.
And Child "B" should not be trying to knee another guy in the onions, and should not be attacking another kid either.
Child "A" was correct in getting arrested but I'm not sure if the charges go along with the actual crime that was more like possession of a knife on school property instead of "stabbing another child".
Child "B" I'm sure learned a great lesson to remember the rest of his life.
The Old Saybrook Parks & Rec, well they can only do so much. Most kids are dropped off just to head out the back door and wander the town. Drugs, cigarettes and everything else is being experimented with during this time....... by some, not all and the "some is a small group.
Parents are only fooling themselves thinking that its just all fun and games like volleyball, tennis, basketball, pool and video games. Its more like the equivalent of our "rollerskating bus" back when we were their age.
Basically the park & rec area needs to be fenced in so that the kids who are dropped off actually stay within the bounds of the intended and supervised Park & Rec area. They could take a lesson from Chucky Cheese with the parent check in system, and the parent check out system where children do not leave unless they are with "A" parent and it does not necessarily mean one parent per child as we all car pool.
Without tighter measures another indecent will happen and of course the town will be sued and pay out a huge sum of money then close down the park & rec programs.
If your going to offer a place for children to "be themselves" then it must be in a controlled environment. As mush as you don't need kids wandering off the property you also don't need kids wandering in off the street of any age (including adults) interacting with children who are there with the implied security the parents think the children have, but really don't.
Sorry if it sounds "prison like" with my fences idea and checking in and out, but unless your willing to lock them all inside the Park & Rec building on a hot summer night then maybe the higher fences idea and controlled access and egress could be an option.
Your choice parents.
#2 Apr 27, 2011
Writer "Very much in Town" is an Old Saybrook Resident and not from Methuen Ma. as stated under name.
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