I'm on the Board of Directors for my Homeowner's Association. Sadly, we get alot of complaints about kids being in the pools without supervision. Usually, though, the kids out there are at least teenagers and are probably going to be OK. Not a smart thing for a parent to do, but perhaps the parents don't even know their kids are in the pool since they usually just jump the fence to get in. (Remember that I live in S. Florida where it is still hot and pools are common-place in almost every housing community). But today I get a phone call from a former board member telling me there are 20 kids in the pool with no adult. So, I head out there with a neighbor whose wife is also on the BOD. Sure enough there are about 8-10 teenagers outside the pool area talking. But, in the WATER are about 6-8 YOUNG children, probably ranging in age from 2 years to perhaps 10-12 years old. The teenagers were not paying attention to them. They had jumped the fence, pulled the life ring off the fence and were playing with it in the pool the toddlers did not have "water wings" or any type of life-saving device on. I asked the teens where the responsible adult was. They pointed to one of the homes across the parking lot. I told them to go get them, as I ordered the kids out of the pool. These teenagers were so rude and disrespectful. Ok...not too surprising. But, then the parents come out and say, at first, that they didn't know it would be a problem. How can letting a toddler in a pool without supervision NOT be a problem?? Idiots. Then later they claimed they didn't know the kids were in the pool. Really? Is that why they are wearing their swimsuits??? Idiots again. They showed absolutely NO concern for the fact that the toddlers could have drowned. I was so ticked I even said something to them about how quickly toddlers die in pools. They just looked at me like I was an idiot. So, later I come home to see the same group of kids coming back from the OTHER pool in our community. Can't say for sure if an adult was with them at that point or not as there was a long trail of people and some could have already been in the house.
I know this though - if I see toddlers or young kids out there like that again, I'm calling the police for child neglect. So many kids drown in cases like this that I cannot, in good conscience, just remove them again without involving the police.
IDIOTS like this should NOT have children.