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Tsawwassen parents miffed from anonymous letter about their kids

The Anderson children from left: Alena (5), Abby (3), Kaitlyn (8), and Lucy (2). The children always play under supervision, but an anonymous note about their safety has upset the parents. - Adrian MacNair photo
The Anderson children from left: Alena (5), Abby (3), Kaitlyn (8), and Lucy (2). The children always play under supervision, but an anonymous note about their safety has upset the parents.
— image credit: Adrian MacNair photo

Kids will be kids, and nobody knows that better than Tsawwassen parents David and Tara Anderson.

Their four girls are like any children, playing in the front yard and riding their bicycles on the quiet street outside their home.

But a passive aggressive and anonymous letter delivered by a neighbour offering parental advice has them fuming.

The note says the person is worried about the safety of the Anderson children and that there are people who do not live in the area and won't care what speed they're driving.

"It would be a tragedy if you or your friend's children were hit by a car," the note reads.

The Andersons live on the corner of 18th Avenue and 55th Street, with a "No Exit" sign clearly marked to drivers indicating that the road ahead is not a thoroughfare. They also put up ICBC-provided signs warning drivers that children are playing in the area, and there are school zone signs with a posted speed limit of 30 km/h.

David Anderson says the note doesn't accurately describe the situation. He says the signs are posted on both sides of the street well before the intersection and as a reminder children are playing in the area, not as a way to allow his children to play in the roadway.

The note goes on to say that although the safety of children is the main priority, they are also blocking two streets by playing.

"Thank you for watching out for the well-being of your young ones," reads the conclusion to the letter.

That last line has Anderson concerned.

"It makes me feel like this person is threatening to run my kids over," he says.

Anderson acknowledges that sometimes cars drive too quickly in the area and the signs are meant to serve as a warning. He intends to contact the Corporation of Delta to see about getting some traffic control in the area.

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