Trespassing sign has school upset

Insensitive?

Insensitive?

Trespassing sign across from Bellingham school makes gun threats

Bellingham Herald: A “no trespassing” sign that indirectly threatens to shoot violators has upset a few parents and students at Fairhaven Middle School after it went up right across the street from campus.

The sign, at a home construction site at 95 Hawthorn Road, is directly across from the school’s entrance. Parents and children started noticing it when students returned from winter break in January.

Below the words “No trespassing” and “Construction zone” in large letters, the sign reads: “Attention semi-literate thieves: GLOCK, F&N, KAHR & RUGER alternate on site 4 days/week. You decide which 4 days. P.S. The neighbors have my cell #.”

When contacted by a reporter, property owner Elliott Fine refused to comment about the trespassing sign, except to say that “there have been issues with people stealing from the site, and that’s why the sign went up.” Bellingham police responded to the property Dec. 4 for a report of $400 worth of scrap diamond-embossed metal plates being stolen, police spokesman Mark Young said.

The sign isn’t in violation of any laws, Young said. Fairhaven Principal Michelle Kuss-Cybula agreed that the sign is legal, but with it going up some time around the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook school shootings, she said it’s really more about the timing. A few parents and students have expressed concern about the sign and its language.

“Our message is that it’s definitely not something we would promote around a schoolyard,” she said of the sign’s language. “We want to keep our kids safe and support a safe learning environment.”

Bellingham School District staff has tried to talk to Fine about the sign, but his response has been that it’s legal and on private property, district spokeswoman Tanya Rowe said. “We’ve had conversations to try to work through the issue and haven’t come to any resolution,” she said.

Fairhaven PTSA co-president Greg McCracken said he doesn’t think that the sign is directed at the school. A few parents have spoken with PTSA members about the sign and its insensitivity in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

“As insensitive as it is, there’s nothing the school or the PTSA can do about it,” he said. “It’s free speech, and he’s got the right to do it.”

As a gun rights advocate, I see nothing threatening about this sign (except to a criminal). Instead of worrying about some internal threats this sign might pose, this could be a good point to start a conversation with children about the Second Amendment and how people are empowered to protect themselves. And how gun free zones aren’t the safest environment for learning.

DCG

13 responses to “Trespassing sign has school upset

  1. I like it! More folks should have the moxie to put up signs encourging criminals to consider a career change.

  2. Right, nobody except the Builder is concerned about the problem of theft, nor will anyone address the socio-cultural relativism issue, breakdown in western society norms where people feel they have a right to others personal property…Great Post!

  3. Sounds like fair warning to me.

  4. Sandy Hook has become the latest scapegoat for every thin-skinned “you hurt my feelings” nutjob. Any rational person sees the clear difference between a mentally wrecked kid who shot up a school and a sane, “touch my stuff, I pop you” warning. We need MORE of these signs!!!

  5. Bama has his followers stiring up more crap when they need to worry what the school is filling the heads of our children to become SLAVES to the ELITIST, with all of Bama’s PROPGANDA REGIME! You need to check what is being taught in Texas, and people down there are pretty upset as they should be! Semper Fi.

  6. There are so many wonks running loose in our country. The man is trying to protect his property and if the sign offends you then don’t look at it, avert your eyes, take another route to and from the school, etc. It isn’t obscene, vulgar or illegal, so get over yourself.

  7. Pretty clear to me and I have ZERO problems with it. Bet more will been around the country.

  8. Great! That’s an inexpensive way to deter crime on the site. A client of mine here in Southern California kept experiencing theft from a construction site. He had to foot the expense for a temporary chain link fence to surround the property and rent a trained guard to patrol the property at night. That was the cheapest option to secure the site afterhours!

  9. Doesn’t look like a threat to me. Looks like a promise!

  10. Love it!

    -Dave

  11. Hey, could the school help provide security if they don’t like the sign so much. (A “safe learning evironment” means a defenseless one for educators today… really, you’d want a “secure learning environment” instead.)

  12. Many thanks DCG for this!

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