Residents demand answers at youth home meeting

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - "You're there very seldom cause I see your car and I know who you are and I've got good spy glasses across the street," says one angry Mechanicsville resident to the owner of a home where a troubled youth facility operates.

Hanover County residents went face to face Thursday night with county leaders and the owner of the troubled youth home. They're mad because they didn't know what was going on in their neighborhood until recently and are concerned for their safety.

"You've got a bunch of juveniles living together, they are just a bunch of juveniles living together and they can be a recipe for disaster," says another angry resident.

Sue Slayton, the homeowner, is required to live at the facility by law. At the meeting she and other facility staff explained how their business works, trying to calm the angry crowd.

"We're not going to say we're not going to get criminal kids," answered one facility staff member. "But our kids are not going to be generally coming directly from juvenile."

"What instances have you had since we've been in there?" argued Slayton.

After much discussion, county leaders, facility staff and residents were able to agree that the home would not house aggressive or assaultive teens. Residents also agreed to report any suspicious activity to the facility staff to protect the safety of their neighborhood.

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