Georgia Mom Arrested for Having Basketball Goal in Driveway for her 12 year old daughter
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At my last home, I had a basketball goal that all of the neighborhood kids (approx. 10 ranging from 8-12 years old) used to play on…everyday…every second they could…even if I was trying to work out of my home office, take a nap or try to have a nice dinner with the family. The sound of kids yelling and the ball smashing against my garage door drove me and my 110 pound Rotti with a louder bark nuts but the reason why I never told them to leave is because I knew they were better off playing ball at my house than they would be if they weren’t. I knew the kid’s parents felt at ease too because their kids were “safe” and not getting into trouble – except when they would have to pay for my broken house lights. So I allowed them to bang on my garage door, ruin my front lawn, break my house lights and say that LeBron was better than Michael Jordan.
Thankfully, I didn’t have the stupid code enforcement that Dana Briggs Jackson has in her neighborhood. Dana put up a basketball goal in the front of her house so her 12 year daughter, with a passion for basketball, could practice and stay out of trouble.
Well, trouble came because of that goal when the County said it violated a Code that requires goals must be out of sight if it’s not being used. Jackson was then sent a notice that a lien would be placed on her home if she didn’t take down the goal and the County Office said they also sent her a court date for the citation. She claimed she never received the citation, so she never showed up to court and that led to her arrest right in front of her daughter.
“It was kind of sad. I thought it was my fault,” 12 year old Jordan Jackson said.
“Now if this was something I did criminal that I deserve to go to be in jail, then OK. But I don’t feel I deserve to be in jail over a basketball goal,” Dana Briggs Jackson told WSB-TV. “It was just the worst day of my life.”