EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- On several occasions, the parents at an East Haven elementary school say their kids have come home describing items that were found at the school playground, anything from pornography to drug paraphernalia.
News 8 was told these random inappropriate items have been found over the last few months. But, what parents say was found just days ago has really pushed them over the edge. Police say they're well aware.
A beer bottle and a vodka bottle around elementary school property is disturbing for parents to see but, one mother says she's seen much, much worse.
"I found porn, I found a vibrator, I found lubricant packages, drug paraphernalia...just disturbing," said Amber Maroney.
Amber Maroney has been keeping a close eye on the playground area at Overbrook Elementary in East Haven since last May when her son, then in kindergarten, came home telling her he found...
"A fashion magazine with naked people," said Maroney.
Maroney was floored.
"I've gone to police twice, the old superintendent, the new superintendent the other day," said Maroney.
Now, she's turning to News 8 to find out if the problem is being taken seriously. Police confirm that on September 13th some type of needle was found.
Maroney says other parents have heard the stories.
"Two children in my son's class had a hypodermic needle and were supposedly playing with it and had it in their pocket," said Maroney.
Now, she and other mothers have had enough. News 8 asked Police Chief Brent Larrabee if the board of education has voiced concerns. He said the new Superintendent has spoken with him.
"There was a camera broken...they're trying to fix that, trying to get school employees to be more vigilant. We're trying to put some sort of patrols there. It's been a bit somewhat of a challenge, but we're trying to do that," said Larrabee.
Maroney says the fact that the area is wide open to the public and it's pitch black at night, does not help the matter. Police aren't disagreeing. They say the location, on a quiet road, doesn't help.
"How would they like it if they went to their office everyday and found needles and used condoms," said Maroney.
Chief Larabee believes that the items being left behind are by younger people. If you see any strange behavior outside this school or any area schools, you're asked to help out and call police.
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