‘Threatening’ Playground Sign Warns Hispanic Kids They Need A Permit, English Speakers Just Need A Parent
Warnings posted in front of a Milford, Delaware, playground ignited a firestorm of controversy when someone noticed that the English and Spanish versions of the warnings read differently. While the English version of the warning sign insisted that children required only adult supervision to play on this playground, the Spanish version warned children that a permit was required to enter that premises.
The sign warned Spanish-speaking visitors that playing on the playground without a permit was a violation of the law and they could be subject to police action. The English version of the sign merely absolved the playground owners of liability and made no mention of a permit or legal ramifications of playing without a permit.
“It’s very intimidating and very threatening,” a local resident told Delaware Online.
“If you only speak English then you are not going to be offended,” said another resident. “But if you speak just Spanish, then you’re going to be scared to even come to bring your kids for the fear that you’re going to have police action taken upon you.”
The signs, which had been up for approximately one year before they were discovered by a local radio host, were recently removed.
Watch the report below via Delaware Online:
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