BE SAFE PLEASE: Pacific Palms Motel manager Margaret Campbell with her grandsons Sasha and Kalarni.
BE SAFE PLEASE: Pacific Palms Motel manager Margaret Campbell with her grandsons Sasha and Kalarni. Veda Dante

Bullied kids can be safe across road

A STAFF member from an Ocean Shores motel is reaching out to young victims of bullying who she says are being regularly victimised in a park directly across the road.

"If you are a victim of older boys bullying you, then please come into the motel where you will be cared for until your parents come to collect you," said Margaret Campbell, who has run Pacific Palms for the past four years.

Located on the corner of Orana Rd and Balemo Dve, Margaret's office has unobstructed views of what she says is children as young as 10 years old drinking alcohol, intimidating locals kids and attempting to break into guest cars.

"Some times there are up to 18-20 children, including young male adults, hanging around and getting drunk under the street light," she said.

Another big problem, Margaret said, was children riding skateboards on the property's under-cover area.

"I am asking them not to do this because a guest in a wheelchair was nearly knocked over recently when they came around the corner," she said.

In addition to having empty alcohol bottles thrown on the motel roof and her two ageing dogs tormented, Margaret says children jump the fence in summer after dark to swim in the pool. "My concern is that, what if no one knows they're in there and somebody drowns - what happens then?" she asked.

"Parents, please tell your kids that the motel pool is not a free-for-all.

"The pool is now under 24-hour monitoring and anyone caught in there will be reported to police and charges pressed.

"All we are asking for is respect for property."


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