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Hebron parents fighting for better sports fields

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Parents in one school district are fighting for better sports fields because they said they're not only in bad shape, but they're dangerous.

Dozens of parents met with school leaders and local lawmakers Monday at RHAM High School to take a tour of the fields.

Parents said that not only are the fields an eyesore, but they're dangerous, too. Joe O'Connor said he got involved after his son got hurt on the baseball field.

"The infield is sunken and the ball came up and hit him in the eye," he said. "And you don't get those types of injuries on good fields, you only have it on bad fields."

Lawmakers said part of the problem is a new law that blocks certain schools from using pesticides. Without those, weeds grow.

School leaders said they can agree with parents and say the fields are in bad shape, but said there's not much they can do.

Right now the grass gets cut every 10 days because the budget doesn't allow for more than that. Parents have even volunteered to do some of the work on their own, but that's not allowed.

The union responsible for maintaining the fields threatened to sue if anyone does any sort of cleanup work on the fields.

Parents said they're not giving up.

"We're not going to go away," O'Connor said. "They need this as children and they deserve it."

Parents said they plan on meeting with lawmakers in the fall, and one of the items they are going to discuss is about the possibility of lifting the ban on pesticide use.

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