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Parents angry over trash at Hartford school

Many parents of students at Jumoke Academy Honors at Milner School in Hartford are frustrated after litter and garbage was left around the school's playground.

The lawn leading up to the school was covered with garbage, the sign for the school was partially covered by a toppled over recycling bin, and the trash by the playground included sharp objects.

"I have two grandchildren that come out here for recess and other kids, too," said Lois Barber of Hartford. "So yeah, I'm very concerned about that."

Earlier in the week, Eyewitness News visited the school and noticed that there were tree branches down along with cans, bottles and giant chunks of glass littered near the playground.

Eyewitness News received several complaints from parents and residents who wanted to see the area cleaned up.

"You know, cut the yards, the debris' around, you never know," said Nicole Staple of Hartford. "The last couple years you've found needles around, but it's been a little better."

Other schools throughout the North End of Hartford have not appeared to have the same problem as Jumoke Academy.

Eyewitness News tried to get a hold of the school district by reaching out to Hartford School Spokesperson David Medina; however, he wouldn't return calls.

Medina eventually returned an email, which explained that each individual school is responsible for maintaining its grounds.

Jumoke Academy Honors at Milner School began classes on Wednesday, and Eyewitness News visited the school to see the clean up of the grounds.

The grass was mowed and the lawn was tidied up; however, some parents said it may be up to them to maintain the playground.

"I don't think stuff like this has anything to do with the school," said Edgar Henry of Hartford. "It's just on the outside. Maybe it has something to do with who monitors the area."

Eyewitness News called the school to see how they plan to stop the mess from happening again, but they have not returned any calls.

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