We’ve Got Your Back: Nails on elementary school playground

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Doug McCollum was helping his son look for a missing lock key on the playground at McClure Elementary School Monday night when he found something he wasn’t expecting.

“We went out there, started finding the key and found the nails instead,” he said. According to McCollum he spent several hours combing the mulch of the playground with a giant rolling magnet. At the end, he picked up more than two pounds of rusty, bent nails.

“Pretty much everything that has wood chips around it is what we ran with the magnet,” he said. “Instantly we found the nails, as soon as I go the magnet out there it started clicking. I started checking the bottom of the magnet to see if the key was on there and it was all these rusty nails.”

While the father and son pair were talking around the playground, one of the nails got stuck in McCollum’s shoe.

He just wants his son to be safe at school.

Let’s just make this safer,” he said. “If we’re going to put it on the playground, we need to find a way to get the nails out of it.”

The School district said it did not know about the nails before Tuesday.

“To be honest with you, the district wasn’t notified about this situation until we were contacted by (KSNT News),” said Misty Kruger, the communications director for USD 501. “So, I would hope that if someone found something like that on our playgrounds they could contact the school.”

Kruger said she and a few staff members walked the playground at McClure and did not find any more nails.

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