Who would put a jail on a playground??

@laglen (19783)
United States
March 29, 2010 12:00pm CST
March 25, 2010 (NEW YORK) -- Complaints have prompted New York City's public housing authority to change a playground jungle gym made to resemble a jail. Workers removed the word "jail" and fake bars on Wednesday from the Tompkins Houses jungle gym in Brooklyn. Natasha Godley, who has a 6-year-old son, says she complained because "it was like promoting kids to go to jail." Housing Authority spokeswoman Sheila Stainback says it was part of the original design of the playground, which was erected in 2004. She says no one complained until this week. Stainback said the agency wants to replace that part of the playground and is looking into who ordered the equipment. Changes also were being made to a second fake jail. Stainback declined to divulge its location. (Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) Who's bright idea was that? Self fulfilled prophecy?
3 responses
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
2 Apr 10
It's been there since 2004, this is the first complaint and they're caving? This says to me that the Housing Authority is concerned about it's image and, considering that this was a public housing project, were afraid of the possibility of a very public backlash. Since a larger percentage of kids who grow up in low income housing projects wind up in jail, the design of this structure could have been construed as an insulting expectation of the future of these children.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
2 Apr 10
I think that is how it was construed. But did nobody notice before? why cant it be a pirate ship? Then they could move to Somalia?
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
29 Mar 10
New York City was just preparing those kid for their adulthood, some even when they become teenagers. Look at the bright side, when you are playing cops and robbers, the kids have a real jail to use. Of course that just goes back to my original point.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
30 Mar 10
cold but true!
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@owlwings (37694)
• Cambridge, England
29 Mar 10
Promoting kids to go to jail??? Uhhh ... they obviously have banned Monopoly in that Godley household. Not only do you go to jail just for throwing the wrong number but you can have 'get out of jail free' cards (and no one has to go your bail). Now that is WRONG!!! (Thinks: If nobody is home in the Godley household, is it an un-Godley household?)
@laglen (19783)
• United States
29 Mar 10
lol nice point