Kids told not to play ball in the street or risk arrest
MANSFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Kids in the town of Mansfield are feeling deflated after a neighbor called the police on them for playing in the street.
This fight started when a group of teens decided to play a baseball game in their neighborhood.
That's when a neighbor dug up an old town rule and put it to use.
In Mansfield officers broke up an impromptu baseball game, because the kids were playing on pavement.
“He was just like, 'mom we can't play in the street anymore we might get arrested,’” Terry Longley said.
Mansfield police were called this quiet cul-de-sac by an upset neighbor who referenced a decades-old bylaw.
“I didn't know we were doing anything wrong, all we were trying to do is play and have fun,” Eric Longley said.
Police had no other option; they had to tell the kids to stop playing. According to the town's bylaws, which were adopted in 1931, you can't shoot a bow and arrow in the street, you can't throw stones in the street and it clearly states you can’t play with a ball in a public street in Mansfield
Terry Longley’s two sons have since stopped playing sports in the streets, and she has collected the necessary signatures to take a petition to the Mansfield board of selectmen with the goal of removing the word “ball” from the bylaw.
“Playing in the street is what we've been doing our whole lives,” Eric said.
“It’s a tennis ball they play with, I’ve never heard of any damage,” the boys’ mother said.
Summer is over and the kids are headed back to school but they still have afternoons and weekends with plenty of free time.
“You don’t want them in the house, in front of the TV, it’s summertime, let the kids play,” Terry said.