The homeless epidemic is so bad in Boston that parents are finding feces, used condoms and syringes at their kids’ elementary school. From Boston 25.
Neighbors living near the McKinley School in the heart of Boston’s South End have been asked to be on the lookout for makeshift homeless camps on school grounds. Human feces, syringes, pipes and used condoms are just some of what’s recently been found in the school’s parking lot and garden.
Parents, staff and people living in the area call it, “a serious safety concern.”
Neighbors tell Boston 25 News that they’ve been noticing an increase in the number of homeless people hunkering down on school property after sundown.
Well that’s gross. That’s the kind of stuff you’d expect in San Francisco or Seattle, but I’m guessing this is all over in every larger city.
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In the school’s garden it didn’t take one of our crews long to find trash, condoms and other waste. It noticeably got worse as they walked through the school’s parking lot.
An environment where kids come to learn is supposed to be a safe place. That is why parents, staff and neighbors living near the McKinley School in Boston’s South End say they’re concerned about who else goes there at night to sleep.
Neighbors say they’ve been noticing makeshift homeless camps forming at the first trace of nightfall in the school’s parking lot and garden behind the school.
While the folks who sleep there are usually gone before kids arrive, the litter doesn’t always leave with them.
“You don’t want fecal matter in a schoolyard,” said Jon Paul Prunier, a Boston resident. “They seem to be spreading out in our neighborhood a lot more, the school here, the park there, it’s startling.”
Empty liquor bottles, needle caps and empty food containers are just some of what our crew saw as they walked around school property.
Yeah, seems like a problem. Also this is happening in the same area:
Some people want to say that the issue is purely one of lack of housing, but I think drug addiction and mental illness are the real reason we’re seeing this epidemic. And homeless advocates don’t want to admit it, but some people really do prefer to live on the streets and not work.
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