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Parents discuss safety after BB gun shooting at YMCA
SCOTIA -- Parents met to discuss safety Monday evening after
someone fired BBs at children at the YMCA playground last week. Two children
and an adult staff member suffered minor injuries last Thursday.
I think we're very concerned about the incident. Scotia is a tight small community and this is a serious incident that occurred, said Karyn Watson, who has two children in the summer program.
Police think juveniles fired the BB gun and continue to investigate.
There has to be a message that this is not appropriate. Were not going to accept this and the department is going to do as much as we can to identify the person or persons and take the appropriate action against them, said Police Chief Pete Frisoni
At the meeting, some parents recommended a more private fence along the outdoor playground to protect children. Others suggested adding surveillance cameras.
We have a risk assessment team at the YMCA so they're going to review that and where is a place to make practical improvement that we know can have a good benefit and outcome we'll take that very seriously, said Erin Breslin with the YMCA.
Some parents have been keeping their children home since last weeks incident, but most planned to have their children return. The YMCA has offered to transfer children to other sites if parents request.
My six-year-old just knows that there's been police activity. He's a little concerned, but I haven't sent them here since the incident so I'm just trying to take this all in, said Watson. I'm hoping they put their heads together and come up with a plan for us parents to feel safer and more comfortable about sending our children here.