Shortcut to be banned
A promise from Porirua College should have Fran Koperu smiling.
The longtime Surprise Place resident, whose home overlooks the college’s courts, has been unhappy with students using a hole in the fence in order to gain a shortcut out of the school grounds. Once through the fence, the students flank her back fence and cut through a neighbour’s property to get out on to the culde-sac.
She is speaking up for herself and her neighbours, she says.
‘‘I’m concerned about my privacy and it’s disrespectful, this is something that has been happening for some time.
‘‘There’s been damage to my fence in the past too. I don’t think the school watches this area enough and they can’t do anything until they catch these kids.’’
Porirua College principal Susanne Jungersen says the hole in the fence will be fixed and students will be made aware it is unacceptable to exit the school this way.
‘‘We weren’t aware this was happening until Ms Koperu got in touch with us recently.
‘‘We will be blocking this hole off and there is a more rigorous out of bounds policy in place now, that everyone is aware of.’’
Fence issues: Fran Koperu wants Porirua College students to use proper exits to leave the school, rather than a hole in the fence that skirts her property.