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WEST HARWICH, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts served a sixth-grader with no-trespass orders after neighbors grew wary of the girl cutting through their properties to get to and from her school bus stop.
The mother of 11-year-old Autumn Blanchard told the Cape Cod Times her daughter received three pink no-trespass notices from the Harwich Police Department on March 2. Krystal Blanchard said she was unaware neighbors had an issue until the police arrived at her door. She questioned why she wasn’t informed by the neighbors or school officials, who also knew about the problem.
“I am beyond distressed by this situation,” she said. “I can’t imagine why it had to go to this level. Someone should have spoken to me.”
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ignorant_ape
So did I. As I recall.
Kids (and some entire cultures) don't really get the idea of private property.
originally posted by: Miracula2
originally posted by: EternalSolace
What the hell is wrong with the world today?
Sounds like good thinking on the police's part. What if she were to take a stroll through a child molesters property?
originally posted by: DISRAELI
As a householder, I fully understand that casual trespass is irritating.
But under English law, trespass is normally a civil offence, not a criminal one. The most we're allowed to do with trespassers is escort them off the property, using no more than "reasonable force". In other words, we're not allowed to shoot them or even set physical traps for them.
I remember as a child nervously picnicking under a "Trespassers will be prosecuted" sign, while our father assured us that all we had to do was offer the farmer sixpence in payment if he discovered us.
So i'm bemused to see in this case that police intervention is even possible.