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College Place Mom Upset Over School's Decision to Let Kids Play on Public Playground

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A mom in College Place is making some big changes after she found out her daughter had been playing at a playground that's not technically on the elementary school campus. A mom in College Place is making some big changes after she found out her daughter had been playing at a playground that's not technically on the elementary school campus.

COLLEGE PLACE, WA - A mom in College Place is making some big changes after she found out her daughter had been playing at a playground that's not technically on the elementary school campus.

"I absolutely feel like the school kept me in the dark," Megan Hexum said. 

On Tuesday, Hexum thought she would join her kindergartener for lunch.

That is when she discovered her kindergartener at Davis Elementary School in College Place had been playing on a playground across a field from the school, which is part of the city park.

"I could not believe that I was seeing these children run across this park over to a little playground with no fencing, construction workers everywhere, " explained Hexum.

Hexum said it was not until Wednesday, that the school had crews put up this fence around the playground where her daughter had been playing for weeks without her even knowing.

"No I was never notified that my child was going off of school grounds to play at a public park for recess," she said.

College Place public schools superintendent, Tim Payne says he has held his position for 13 years now and since he can remember teachers have taken kids to the park's playground occasionally.

But since this year construction is taking over some play area, so the city and the school now have a formal agreement to share the playground..

Superintendent Payne says the kids' safety is always priority.

"It's still a public park, anybody is able to go to a public park. If they were on school grounds, you have to check in with the office, they have to know which adults are in the school, they have to have a visible visitors pass," Hexum explained. 

Thursday morning Hexum withdrew her two daughters from Davis Elementary School and enrolled them in another school in Walla Walla.

She says although she has a longer drive to drop off the girls now, it's worth it for her and her husband's peace of mind.

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