Sheldon High School neighbors upset over students' mess

Ronald Stigler, who lives across the street from the path, said he's noticed students smoking, engaging in sexual activity and playing loud music, and he's also noticed damaged property.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 6:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residents near Sheldon High School are demanding change after witnessing students loitering and leaving a mess in their neighborhood.

Residents on Jeppesen Acres in Eugene said a path on their street is a popular connection for students between the high school and the neighborhood.

Ronald Stigler, who lives across the street from the path, said he's noticed students smoking, engaging in sexual activity and playing loud music, and he's also noticed damaged property. He said he's experienced students sitting on parts of his property, which he claimed the students damaged.

"They're being kids," Stigler said. "They're young kids just trying to figure it all out, but the concerns that we have as residents and as a new resident here -- I haven't been here but maybe a couple months -- but all the residents around here are saying that this has been going on for 25 years, and nobody's done anything about it." 

Stigler said he and his wife found condom wrappers and various peices of garbage on their property. He also said when he asked the students to clear his property, they refused.

Stigler said he's concerned with what he calls a lack of supervision by school security officers.

Some residents have suggested a closed walkway and building a wall to prevent students from having easy access to the neighborhood.

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