Bryan’s fence separates his front yard from a school bus stop in Sandston, Virginia. During the 2017 school year, the frustrated homeowner had grown sick and tired of the students who were trespassing on his property, being loud, and leaving garbage strewn across the ground.
“They don’t respect other peoples’ land,” Bryan told WTVR.
He tried keeping the kids away by posting “No Trespassing” signs on his lawn, but it kept on happening. He found himself picking up their trash, day after day.
With the new school year approaching, Bryan made a controversial decision.
On the first day of school, neighbors gathered at the bus stop with their kids to see them off. One of the parents casually touched Bryan’s fence and felt a slight shock.
The neighbors were outraged to learn Bryan had hooked his fence up to a solar-powered battery, creating a shock if touched.
Word spread, and soon parents from the community were blasting Bryan for using an electric fence. However, the attention pleased him. He wanted to start a conversation rooted in the theme of respecting other people’s property.
Bryan ultimately removed the fence — but he says it’s not because of any danger it could pose to the students, or anyone else for that matter.
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