An Atlanta soccer coach says a local apartment staff is kicking families out of their homes, because their kids are playing ball on the property.
Coach Antonio Salinas told Channel 2 Action News members of his youth soccer team are being punished by staff at the Brookstone Square Apartments, located on Buford Highway at Lenox Road in northeast Atlanta.
Some families were forced out after their children were seen playing ball on property, according to Channel 2.
“These kids are not allowed to play soccer,” Salinas said. “They’re not allowed to carry any type of ball. They’re not allowed to scream too loud. They’re not allowed to ride bikes.”
The rules displayed on signs throughout property say children may not play ball nor ride bikes. Other activities are banned as well.
Salinas said to Channel 2 kids such as Francisco Ignacio are being punished by management that chooses not to renew apartment leases. Management told the Ignacio family their son’s soccer playing on common areas was the reason they couldn’t renew, Channel 2 reported.
Taking away positive activities for kids could lead to more destructive behavior, Salinas told the television station.
“All they’re going to do is they’re going to sit,” Salinas said. “They’re going to think of other ways of getting rid of energy, which could be by breaking into houses, cars.”
Ignacio said he knows people who use drugs, but he doesn’t want to be like them.
The owner of the apartment complex declined to comment but told Channel 2 kids had broken windows and management received noise complaints.
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