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Police Issue Warning to Kids on Thin Ice

Parents Urged to Heed Warning and Prohibit Children from Skating on Local Ponds

Post Date:01/07/2010

Sergeant Charles J. Warner
Public Information Officer

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police have responded to numerous calls over the past several days of children walking or skating on iced-over ponds in local neighborhoods.

At approximately 10:00 am today, police were called to the pond near 614 Shadycrest in the Maplewood Subdivision after a resident became concerned that children playing on the iced-over pond might be in danger. After clearing children from the ice and warning parents of the danger, a dog walking on this same pond broke through the ice and into the frigid water. Animal Control and Rescue personnel were called to assist; the dog, however, was rescued by neighbors moments later.

While small bodies of water have frozen over, there is a very real and extreme danger to anyone who walks, skates, or plays on iced-over bodies of water in the area. Ponds, like this one, are generally not thick enough to support the weight of children, as demonstrated in this case where it was not even strong enough to support the weight of a dog. Parents are urged to talk to their children about the dangers and strictly prohibit this type of activity.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411),
or call Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000
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