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Virginia Mom Punished for Allowing Daughter to Use Sidewalk Chalk

Monday, August 6th, 2012

A 4-year-old Virginia girl’s chalk drawings on rocks at a park near her Richmond, Virginia home have earned her mother a ticket for vandalism and a punishment of 50 hours of community service, news sources are reporting.  The Belle Isle city park had reportedly recently been vandalized with graffiti, which prompted police to give 29-year-old Susan Mortensen a ticket for her daughter’s drawings. From NBC 12, the Richmond station:

Outside the courthouse, people support Susan Mortensen with their own chalk on the sidewalk. However, in court, the officer who reprimanded her back in March says she responded with an attitude and curse words.

“I don’t think I should comment on that,” said Mortensen after the trial. I agree that the outcome is something I would agree with and I thought it would help as far as doing community service.”

Mortensen has since then apologized. She’s agreed to complete 50 hours of community service through the James River Park System.

Mortensen will have to paint about 200 boundary posts west and east of the Boulevard Bridge. Before she even starts, she’ll have to scrape off the old paint and remove surrounding weeds. It’s vital to finish the project before the weather gets too cold for the paint to stick.

The parks manager says he’d like to set a date before Thanksgiving. Mortensen’s supporters say they’re still upset she was charged for letting her daughter draw on the rocks. Police and park leaders say chalk is the same as graffiti.

Image: Sidewalk chalk, via Shutterstock.

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Colorado Neighborhood Considers Banning Sidewalk Chalk

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Denver neighborhood of Stapleton is reportedly considering banning the popular summertime pastime of children drawing on sidewalks with chalk.  Citing concerns that the art is distracting and disruptive to the neighbors.  The local CBS news station has more:

[Mother Sarah Cohen] said they moved to Stapleton because it was a family-friendly neighborhood.

“We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” said Cohen.

But the group — called a Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, a sub-association of the Stapleton MCA (Master Community Association) — said because it is a shared space, anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment isn’t allowed. It seems that some neighbors have complained.

“The association is trying to go down a path of do no harm and prevent the sidewalk art as opposed to… until such time as it can get together and discuss it,” said the attorney representing the group.

Cohen said no neighbors have mentioned anything to her. She also plans to keep letting her daughter use chalk to decorate the common area.

“It’s summertime and God forbid my daughter is drawing flowers, her name and hearts,” said Cohen.

Image: Sidewalk chalk, via Shutterstock

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