Over many years, teens have gather on the corner in front of my home to wait for the school bus. They sit up on my fence, not made for people, to wait. I am not interested in monitoring my fence, but if i notice them on the fence i have requested they not sit on the fence as it will likely break.
Last week, one student (or more) sat on the fence, the beam broke and the student crashed to the ground. He was not injured, but could have easily broken a bone, got injured by the fence fragments, or punctured by the branches of the bushes he feel into. In addition to being concerned about the students, I am now concerned about my liability in the event a child is hurt while waiting for the bus. i have called the school and was advised that I cant do any thing about it. I was also told that any damage to my property was my responsibility.
I am not interested in playing private investigator and trying to determine which teen sat on the fence. This solves nothing, as the problem is ongoing and not just one person.
I think it is unfair that I must constantly pay to repair or replace my private property and not I feel it is unsafe for the students who will likely fall through again at some point.
What are the rights of property owners in this situation? What is the process for getting the school bus stop moved to a safer location?