‘Chil­dren left here will be eaten’ sign cre­ates a stir

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

A Win­nipeg busi­ness has found it­self apol­o­giz­ing af­ter a hu­mor­ous at­tempt to dis­cour­age par­ents from drop­ping off their chil­dren on its prop­erty to at­tend a nearby el­e­men­tary school back­fired.

The sign posted out­side Par­enty Reit­meier Trans­la­tion Ser­vices ini­tially con­tained the words “This is not a drop-off zone” writ­ten in­side the shape of a stop sign with a sep­a­rate phrase be­low that read: “Chil­dren left here will be eaten.”

A par­ent and the Louis Riel School Divi­sion com­plained about the lan­guage, which prompted the com­pany to cover the word chil­dren on Wed­nes­day and the en­tire phrase soon af­ter.

Busi­ness owner Jean-Pierre Par­enty says the sign was put up af­ter years of ask­ing par­ents not to use his pri­vate lot as a drop-off zone be­cause of nu­mer­ous near ac­ci­dents.

Par­enty says he has since or­dered a new sign to be a good neigh­bour.

He and of­fi­cials from the school divi­sion were to meet Fri­day to find a so­lu­tion to the un­load­ing is­sue.

“It’s about tres­pass­ing on my prop­erty, and No. 2 and most im­por­tantly it’s about the safety of the kids,” said Par­enty.

“We see that kids are be­ing en­dan­gered by this prac­tice.”

Chris­tian Micha­lik, the school divi­sion’s act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent, said he feels Par­enty sent the wrong mes­sage.

“In an ideal world, this sign would not be up ... we re­ally want to en­gage with the owner on finding solutions,” Micha­lik said.

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