Bronstein Park ban in effect as Manchester schools open
She was unaware of the edict, which became official Wednesday, the first day of school in the Queen City.
"What? Do you think a 55-year-old woman is going to be here smoking spice?" she asked.
"I don't know how it's going to stop that," she said. "If that is an unsafe product you get it out of the stores. It has nothing to do with the parks. I really think it's the wrong direction to go."
Annoyed by the ban and apparently a reporter's questions as well, Debbie walked off. She later was seen sitting along a retaining wall outside the Gov. Hugh Gallen Apartments further down on Hanover Street.
Bahkiia Lauddo, who came to the United States in 2003 from Sudan, said she spends her nights at the New Horizons shelter on Manchester Street. At 7 a.m., when it empties, she heads to nearby Bronstein Park to spend the day.
At that time in the morning, no one was lolling around or doing drugs in the park.
A little after 8 a.m., a police patrol car was seen heading east on Amherst Street along the north side of the park. Lauddo was still sitting in the same place on the bench, undisturbed, at 8:15 a.m.
A few teenagers stopped for a quick smoke before heading over to the school for the first day of classes. Talk consisted of messed up school schedules and the difficulty parallel parking an SUV between two compact cars near the high school.
But another junior, Jeremiah Hunter, 16, said just the opposite, that he frequently saw people in the park doing drugs during the school day.
"They were always smoking some type of drug or knocked out on heroin," he said.