Such a Strange, Beautiful America: Man Erects Electrified Fence to Keep Bus Stop Kids Off His Lawn
HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA — September 6, 2018
A Sandston, Virginia man has to take down an electrified fence he erected early Tuesday morning. The fence separated his front yard, on E. Berry Street and S. Wilson Way, from a Henrico County school bus stop.
As Bryan explained later, he was sick of students who cursed, fought, and littered at the bus stop.
"They don't respect other peoples' land," he said. "I pick up trash every day."
Bryan said posted signs he put up years ago have made no impact.
"Nothing stops people," he said.
He hoped the fence — hooked up to a battery — would provide relief.
A day later, he took down the fence, not because of any potential danger it may pose to students and passersby, but rather he learned he placed the fence on county property -- not his own land.
"I went ahead and moved it today because it was not in the right place," he said.
Bryan, responding to the question of whether hess is going again to erect the fence, he replied, "Yes, of course," but he really hoped he would not have to do so.
"The message has gotten across," he said. "Parents are posting and talking about it."
"I touched it, I got a slight shock, it wasn't that great," James Mehfoud, who owns homes in the neighborhood, said. "I understand his concern. I just don't think he understood the neighbors' concern about their kids. One of them could touch it, fall into it, and get shocked."
Henrico County Code of Student Conduct not only applies to students in school but also students riding the bus and waiting at the school bus stop.
Read the headline once again. Whether to laugh or to cry. That's how Americans solve a seemingly simple question. Although it's actually the least Brian could do. The other one will kill these students. The question is, who should decide it? Brian himself, who bought a house, knowing that students will walk past it, or students who're young guys who don't yet have such trouble, where to live and how to make plans for the next 20 years.