Killjoy police rushed to a pavement to investigate vandalism reports – after children draw a grid on the ground to play hopscotch.
Mother Sarah Goodwin said her three young children and several of their friends had used chalk to create outlines for the traditional game on the walkaway.
The markings later washed away but Sarah was stunned when the police and local housing association were both called by unhappy neighbours complaining about the ‘vandalism.’
She wrote about her ordeal on Facebook and said she couldn’t believe someone took offence to a group of children enjoying the last days of summer in such an innocent way.
Posting on the group, Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas, Sarah, of Newport Pagnell, Bucks, wrote: ‘How do you feel about children chalking on the pavement? Nothing offensive.
‘My children are 6, 9, and 13, plus their friends. Hopscotch, tracks for scooters, drawing around themselves and it completely washed away a few days later.
Mother Sarah Goodwin said her young children had been playing hopscotch outside
They had used chalk to draw the traditional grid on the ground for the traditional game
‘Had complaints made about it to housing and police. I thought kids playing outside was better than sat in, in front of screens.’
After receiving hundreds of supportive comments, Sarah later revealed that her children and others in her neighbourhood had been back out with the chalk since the complaints and wouldn’t be deterred.
She added: ‘After their first day back at school and playing at the park, they went out and chalked some more yesterday.
‘They played more hopscotch, what time is it Mr Wolf? made a road for the bikes with traffic lights, roundabouts and parking, to which even passers by joined in.
‘The kids loved it and so did I. They played out for about three and a half hours with friends and neighbours, 12 children in total aging from 4 for 13.
‘They laughed lots and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Loved the community spirit it brought.
killjoy police went to the scene to investigate vandalism after complaints from neighbours
‘I’m sorry but anyone who thinks this needs to be complained about has a serious problem. Or the person who loudly said have you seen the state of this, needs to get a life as when the rain comes in a few days it will be gone.
‘I am making the most of possibly the last few nice days before winter kicks in.’
Since posting about the negative reaction she received, Sarah received hundreds of comments from people offering their support.
Gemma Collins wrote: ‘Shame on you for letting your kids enjoy themselves out in the fresh air with a bit of innocent chalking. Seriously though, I actually can’t believe somebody complained about this. Don’t let some idiot spoil your fun.’
Su Gooderham wrote: ‘Some people need to get a grip, children chalking soon washes away.’
Victoria Louise added: ‘Kids can’t do anything anymore. Can’t believe the police have been involved over a natural material.
Clare Warnes wrote: ‘As long as its not offensive I don’t see the problem as the rain washes it away.
‘Let the kids have fun we used to do it when we were younger.’
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