Trespassing major problem at city pools - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trespassing major problem at city pools

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Friends and family of Cedric Walton gathered to pay their respects Friday at the viewing for the 13-year-old who drowned Sunday
at L.E. Brown Pool.

Police said Walton and his friends jumped the fence, but none of the boys knew how to swim.

The drowning sparked a conversation about pool security, and WMC Action News 5 uncovered how common trespassing at city pools is.

According to the Memphis Police Department, in just the last year, police have been called to city pools 81 times when kids and teenagers jumped the fence or went swimming when the pool is closed.

What's more, a fourth of those incidents happened at L.E. Brown Pool, making the place where Cedric Walton died a possible problem area.

"Not as a result of crime, or gang activity, or violence, but a decision for kids to do something inappropriate," said Pastor Colenzo Hubbard.

Besides tougher security, activists are pushing kids to learn how to swim.

Anthony Morris with Splash Mid-South said new partnerships are in the works to bring even more opportunities for free swim lessons.

"How do you reach the family and then how do you develop programming that is most effective?" Morris asked.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to the City of Memphis for a response on the number of times police have been called out the city pools for issues related to juveniles, but they have yet to respond.

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