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When nature calls ...

Locked facilities cause disquieting alternative, parent says

Coach Eric DeSorcy, in blue, directs the “Tiny Mite” team practice for players ages 5 or 6 Tuesday afternoon. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
August 26, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — What do you do if you've got a call of nature at the Charlton Street fields? If you're not willing to simply go into the woods, you might be out of luck.

That concept bothers one Pop Warner parent, who declined to be identified, so we'll call her "Sharon." She said she saw a coach walk down the path between the two fields right past her three-year-old son "who was squatting by the path pooping." She also alleged other parents take their children into the woods for the same purpose, and a reporter visiting a recent practice did see some players briefly visiting the woods.

"I'm really surprised there's not a process of some kind, a checklist of requirements [for groups using the field] that includes providing sanitary facilities," she said.

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