Neighborhood Gets Into Uproar Over Sidewalk Chalk (VIDEO)

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sidewalk chalk In the latest outrageous example of grumpy, rude people trying to wipe the world clean of any signs of children, a Colorado community is trying to outlaw the use of sidewalk chalk. It seems the bright flowers and rainbows that adorn their concrete are making some residents crazy, and they're calling for a halt to its use.

Yes, it's true, people really are up in arms about it in a Colorado subdivision called Stapleton in which residents share a common courtyard. According to CBS 4, some have complained about the childhood practice, calling it "distracting and offensive," and now the Homeowner's Association is out to ban the practice.

Resident Sarah Cohen is the mother of one would-be outlaw, Emerson, who is 3. She said she's shocked and outraged that anyone would have a problem with such a simple, childhood pastime in what's supposed to be a family-friendly neighborhood. “It’s summertime and God forbid my daughter is drawing flowers, her name, and hearts,” she told the station.

People really need to get grip and lighten up. If some kid's drawings on the sidewalk in front of you is really going to get you that riled up, then you have a pretty sad and pathetic life. If it was full of profanity or other questionable content, that would be one thing, but we're talking rainbows and hearts here. It washes off in the rain for goodness sake!

From booting kids from airplanes and banning them in restaurants to HOAs that find Big Wheels too noisy to handle, there are people out there who really find children and everything about them intolerable. And it's ridiculous. No, you don't have to coddle and coo over them, but they are human beings. They are the future of this country, and I don't think allowing them to enjoy their childhood should be too much to ask.

Do you think it's outrageous that a community would try to ban sidewalk chalk?


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nonmember avatar melody

Next they will ban kids playing outside.

butte... butterflyfreak

Oh good grief! I could understand if the kids were using the chalk on people's houses and/or writing out some f-bombs, but this is just crazy!

Desir... Desireesmom2011

Ok this might just be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. It comes off with water It's not like they are painting the sidewalks. I for one love chalk. I love see the pictures that little ones draw and when it rains i love seeing what else they can come up with when the ground is dry again. I can't wait will my daughter is old enough for chalk. I will sit out side with her all day filling up the entire driveway with pictures. My daughter is only 9 months and I already have the chalk ready to go lol.

Desir... Desireesmom2011

lol melody that is so true. It seems like every year theres more and more people that are anti-kids.


nonmember avatar Lilac

I'm thinking some of the "older" kids are drawing inappropriate objects and words. I doubt the side walks only have rainbows and flowers.

AliNo... AliNoelle

We ran into this problem in the last apartment complex we lived at. My kids drew a hopscotch grid and it was like it was the end of the world. It lasted 2 whole days till it rained :/ Seriously  these people need to loosen their sphincters......

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I believe it. We got a threatening letter from one of our condo trustees telling us to remove the graffiti from the public space or we would be fined. The graffiti in a public space was sidewalk chalk on our front path. Now we either draw on the balcony or we walk down to the school and draw there. Some people are just jerks with no happiness in their own lives so they try to suck the happiness from everyone else.

Rissmama Rissmama

Oh my goodness really!!! Sidewalk chalk being distracting and offensive get a life!! I agree witth an above post if big wheels r to noisey and sidewalk chalk is offensive next year kids will b to noisey and have to stay inside!! Must b ppl that don't have kids and never really had a childhood because I am 29 my daughter will b ten and I sit in the driveway with her and her friends aand draw witj chalk allll the time I still love it!! And plenty of kids r riding big wheels and running up and down the street it gets annoyon sometimes especially when I work till 5am and they r up and running at 8am but they r kids which we all were at one point and time and we were noisey too bad get over it lol

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