‘It’s a mess’: Dog poo on school grounds is a growing problem in Murray

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Murray – Vacation is supposed to be fun, but lately, it has turned into a stinky mess for students in the Murray School District due to dog poo strewn across the playground.

We are removing their shoe litter,” said Teresa Bigelow, a secretary at Macmillan Primary School. “She was in the hall. She was in my office. She was in the classroom. So yeah, it’s a mess.”

District-wide teachers, secretaries, and break monitors deal with students who step, sit, or roll in dog litter.

“I have pants and shirts because they fell in,” Bigelow said of the extra clothes she keeps in her office for students.

School staff said the case was causing disruptions in the school day and disturbing students.

β€œWe had a kid earlier that collapsed because of it,” said Keri McCullough, a music teacher and holiday assistant.

McCullough said the frustration had reached a boiling point.

“It’s an almost daily basis,” she said. “It’s so frustrating to come to school knowing it’s going to be part of your job: cleaning up after someone else didn’t clean up.”

The district said it did not have the money or enough staff to oversee the school’s yards around the clock. He is asking the public to clean up after their pets and reminding others to do the same.

“When holiday homework notices it, we try to help the kids remove it before they enter the building,” said a local blog posted on Thursday. “Sometimes it’s so bad we have to replace shoes and clothes with what we have on hand or by calling the parents. Other times, it goes unnoticed until the kid comes from recess and spreads them on the floors (rugs included),” This leads to interruption of instructions and embarrassing students.

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The district said that if the recall does not work, violations can be reported to law enforcement.

“Failure to clean up after a pet in school yards violates Utah Code 53G-7-210,” the post states. “This School Trespassing Act protects against misuse of school land that is ‘contrary to the function or purpose of the school’.”

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