Recently the newspapers have been full reports of a playground in a nearby city - Oakville. Unusual stuff this. Playgrounds don't often make the front pages. Why did this playground hit the news?
It seems as if someone decided it would be fun to hide razor blades in the cedar bark on the ground.
What sort of a tin-head does something like this?
Unfortunately it isn't an isolated incident. A quick GOOGLE search reveals that this has happened before:
Parents in British Columbia are being told to be vigilant when taking their kids to play at public parks after razor blades and broken glass were found in a play area.
Police in Maple Ridge, B.C., said someone glued razors to a playground slide and buried shards of glass in the sand at the park.
We do live in a sick world. Where would someone get so much hate that they would decide to do this?
Unfortunately this nonsense isn't that unusual. We had a case here in Burlington 2 years ago where five teens aged 14 - 16 decided it would be a hoot to glue glass shards to the slide and to the monkey bars. Luckily it was noticed prior to anyone going down the slide or climbing in the monkey bars. These weren't hardened criminals, these were bored kids who thought that this would be fun.
I know that these are isolated incidents but it worries me. When I was fourteen and I wanted to rebel I didn't do my homework or I skipped class or I drank or smoked. I didn't do something that I knew would harm other people - perhaps seriously.