Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oh for crying out loud! Feral neighbours...

So, Jayne came over with her two kids today and all the kids were playing in the front yard on the new cubby climbing frame, and sure enough, like clockwork the neighbour's younger son (who is a day older than Erik), comes out and starts hurling insults and obscenities at the kids - basically trying to get their attention.

My older two just cannot seem to resist this child, and so they give him the time of day and I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but Bryn starts chucking unripe plums at the neighbour's car...

Now, Bryn would even be able to throw stuff at the car except that the feral neighbour's son pulled about 1/2 a dozen pailings off the fence a year or two ago - specifically so he could get our boys' attention...

Anyway, so then the neighbour calls us out, and Dave goes out to talk to her. He complains that Bryn has been throwing stuff at her car - fair enough - and Dave says that if her son just left our kids alone this kind of stuff wouldn't even happen...

She says, "Well, you're children are no angels"

He says, "Thanks, that's a compliment coming from you! Your son has been squirting water on our kids to get their attention for the past couple of days, as well as hurling obscenities at them..."

She says, "He has not doing anything of the sort! Your children are lying!" (De Nile ain't just a river in Egypt)

ARGH! This child will NOT leave our kids in peace when they're in the front or back yards. He's peed over our fence (stands up on their garage and pees into our back yard), pulled pailings off the fence so our privacy is effectively gone now, thrown rubbish in our yard, yelled obscenities at the boys, otherwise tried to engage them in arguments (which they're all to willing to be engaged in because they think this is all a great drama). More frighteningly, he's tried to tell them to doing sexually oriented things to each other (I called DoCs and reported that incident).

They are already on the books with DoCs, and the police have also shown up to their house in the past few months (another neighbour called the police because the younger boy had been locked out of the house at 8am and was screaming obscenities and pounding on the front door with the house phone.

The thing that gets me is that I've just bought some great outdoor equipment for the boys to play on this summer, and if this child is allowed to continue harrassing our kids and if we can't convince our kids to just IGNORE him and not engage with him, even if he IS throwing small stones at them or squirting them with a water gun, then our kids will be spending their summer inside, not on all that great equipment, because Lord knows the other boy's mother had NO intention on disciplining her child (which is obviously why he is the way he is)...

1 comment:

Spiralmumma said...

Oh yeah, that woman is a nutter. She's clearly a dyed in the wool, paid up member of the club "Feral Boganz R Us" *rolls eyes*

Totally sucks your kids can't even play outside without being harassed :(

Teenagers and the failing parent...