A San Diego mom said her 2-year-old son was playing around at a local city park when he was scratched by a hypodermic needle, and she wants to make sure this never happens again.
After the incident, Sandy Algra told Fox 5 that she started a petition to ban adults from playgrounds in her city. And over 1,500 people believe government officials should propose an ordinance for Designated Children’s Play Areas at the city’s playgrounds.
Algra’s son was in Zone 1 of Liberty Station Park on December 11, 2018, when he came in contact with a syringe.
He spent the next six hours in the ER with an infectious disease specialist. The boy is now required to have HIV and hepatitis C tests every six months. The mother explained:
“I was helping another mom, and then I heard my son say, ‘Hey mama, what’s this?’ And I turned around and in his hand was a bent, bloody hypodermic needle.”
Algra said the park is filled with all kinds of “unsavory items” like syringes, crack pipes, trash, and people who are homeless living on playground equipment.
Tomas Arment, a resident who lives next to Fanuel Park in Pacific Beach, said:
“I saw a man taping off his arm to get a vein you know. They found syringes in this area and that’s scary.”
Algra said her proposal isn’t about excluding a certain group of people from the parks. However, she believes children need a safe place to play outdoors in San Diego.
“This is not build-a-wall legislation. I’m not trying to keep people out. I’m trying to keep the people who are supposed to be there safe.See Also
I’m not looking to lay blame, and I don’t think this is going to solve all the problems, but I’m trying to take one step in creating safer places for children.”
Arment and many locals seemed to agree with Algra. He said:
“I have a grandchild who comes out here, and I just want to turn her loose and let her enjoy, and you really have to be on your toes.”
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