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.”
Blanchard said she wonders if the fact her family is new to the area and she and her daughter have brightly colored hair may be causing neighbors to discriminate against them. The mother has pink hair and piercings while her daughter’s hair has multiple colors.
“That’s the only thing I can think of, which I think is ridiculous,” said Blanchard, who contends Autumn is a “nice, polite kid.”
Autumn said the cut-through shortened her walk to and from the bus stop, adding how she “just wanted to get home and be warm inside my house.”
But one neighbor said she was previously sued because a girl fell in her yard and became concerned when she saw Autumn climbing over debris from a fallen tree.
A police report noted how neighbors asked Autumn to “walk around on the street and she ignores their wishes.” The report also referred to a school resource officer and principal talking with Autumn, conversations her mother said she wasn’t told about.
According to the notices, Autumn could be arrested and fined up to $100, imprisoned up to 30 days or both, if she steps onto the properties listed in the no-trespass orders.
Yeah, keep this girl out of my backyard too.
Listen, I want to live in a world like we used to. Pre 9/11, pre-internet tainting, good old fasion 90’s nostalgia, where you play street hockey after school and cut through old man Willard’s loose fence post to get there. The borders of neighborhoods across America used to be loose as FUCK. You could play manhunt with your entire town as fair game. Hopping fences, hiding in sheds, running through thorn bushes. Maybe pass by a window that was mid-family dinner, but still only get that “Ohh its just the neighborhood kids out having some harmless fun”. Maybe a “Don’t step on my begonias” at worst.
We used to get away with murder as kids, as long as that murder was outside. The leniency for simply not being inside watching TV was like diplomatic immunity. But that life, that inherent innocence attached to a child wandering out and about in their neighborhood… is LONG gone. Now we have kids stabbing each other over cartoon characters, domestic terrorists hiding in covered boats, SWAT teams raiding unsuspecting residencies because of some pissed off gamer. Kids not longer get the benefit of the doubt. Especially this kid. Lets call a spade a spade here. This girl:
..is a little weirdo.
Her mother doesn’t quiet get that its not the purple hair that is starting this girl off at 0-2. Dyed hair doesn’t move the meter these days. This isn’t 30 years ago where the normal rational people of Massachusetts get their panties in a bunch over dyed hard. It’s everything else. Its the Hamburglar hat, the stupid fucking glasses, and the gothic literature teacher sense of style that make me think “This girl’s got some strange shit going on in that dome of hers, and my back patio and I want nothing to do with it.”
If I were to guess what the neighbors really got pissed off at, I am going with spells. This girl seems like a HUGE spell-caster. The hat, the clothes, they just moved to West Harwich ( Sounds like the Witch epicenter of the world). 10000% Witch Wannabe.