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Kids fight city hall over basketball hoops

Posted: 2:59 AM, Mar 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-17 02:59:11-04

NORWOOD, Ohio – There's something missing in Norwood, and a group of middle-schoolers is fighting city hall to get them back.

Just in time for March Madness, these kids want basketball hoops back.

The city took down the hoops from public playgrounds last year, saying they were constantly being broken and stolen.

But the Norwood Middle Schoolers say basketball will give young people something positive to do and may actually cut down on crime.

Kids and parents alike think it's a good idea.

“We love going outside, having fun and also meeting other people. And I think, we don’t have a lot - we don’t other places to hang out at, and so, this is really the only way we can,” said 15-year-old Aries Dees.

"Bring more kids out," said Generra Canady-Slade.  "Bring more adults out. I would like to see more basketball courts."

Seventh, eighth and ninth graders plan to petition the mayor to bring back the hoops.

The kids organized a petition drive, said Deb Robison, supervisor of family and student services for Norwood City Schools.

"They got on board with it and really started to work on creating how do we present this to our city in a way that they will listen to us and hear us," Robison said.

They held a petition signing party in the school gym this week.