Scott Rings posted a large sign on the Midland Elementary School fence bordering his yard that states, "Your basketball killed my dog." He also strung up nearly 100 deflated balls on the fence and a picture of the dead dog.
Rings says he hung the sign to inform parents and teachers of his ten-year battle with the Poway Unified School District.
“I have no animosity towards the kids, never blamed the kids for the 1,700 balls,” Rings said. “I always blamed the district and the school for negligence.”
But many parents who heard about the sign say they are concerned for the safety of their children.
Kelly Menck says she was upset that authorities were not called immediately after the sign was hung and she worries about the safety of her child at school.
“When something like this happens, it’s one of the biggest red flags before something bad happens,” Menck said. “What scares me, is what triggered him yesterday?”
Menck says the signs scared many of the students and many feel Rings is obsessed with the children on the playground.
“I want to know what teachers are being told, and what they’re doing to keep kids safe when they’re on the playground,” she said.
But Rings says he is not targeting the children and there is no reason to be afraid.
“They shouldn’t be scared of me. I’m not a violent person, I'm just a guy that doesn’t know what to do,” Ring said. “I’ve had 1,700 balls hit my house and they don’t care.”
Rings says his dog died of shock two years ago, but he decided to hang the sign yesterday because he's frustrated.
"I just don't know what to do anymore. I have 1,000 calls to the school and they just give me the runaround. I don't know what to do and that is what yesterday was, so [the media] would come out here," Rings said.
PUSD spokeswoman Christine Paik says a tall, chain-link fence was put up between the school and Ring's property last June in hopes of mitigating the problem. The school has now covered the signs with a blue tarp and staff members are keeping students away from the fence.
Paik says a meeting between Rings, the Sheriff's Department and the school district has been scheduled for sometime next week.