Mechanical mosquitos repelling vandalism

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It is called the Mosquito and like the insect it emits a high-pitched discomforting whine, except the only people who can hear it are aged 13 to 25. And it's especially popular, because a Mosquito's special sound repels vandals ... adolescent vandals after hours. But the B.C. Civil Liberties Association sees an infringement of rights saying the device targets all children.


 

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Mechanical mosquitos repelling vandalism - VCR Parent Advisory Council

We aired a clip from Silise Lebedovich surveying the playground damage at the Kerrisdale Annex Elementary School in Vancouver. She has two children who attend Kerrisdale and they won't be using the climber today.

According to Silise Lebedovich, vandalism was common at the school. But then last spring, Kerrisdale Annex Elementary and several other schools on the Lower Mainland installed a machine called a Mosquito. It's a small gray box, about six inches square that sells for about 1,100 dollars. And it emits a noise adults can't hear -- but is apparently really annoying to 13 to 25 year olds.

Mike Gibson owns a company that holds the North American distribution rights for The Mosquito. We heard from him.

Some parents say vandalism at Kerrisdale Annex Elementary dropped off after installing the device But now, the Vancouver School Board has temporarily pulled the plug on the Mosquitos after a complaint from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association . We hear why in a moment.

For now, parents worry what their children may face as the long weekends arrive and the weather starts to warm. As we mentioned, Silise Lebedovich is the mother of two children at Kerrisdale Annex Elementary. She's also a member of the school's Parent Advisory Council and she was in our Vancouver studio.

Mechanical mosquitos repelling vandalism - B.C. Civil Liberties Assoc.

Perhaps when they decided to call their device a Mosquito, they should have realized someone would take a swat at it. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has asked for the Mosquitoes to be removed. Micheal Vonn is the association's Policy Director and she was in Vancouver.


This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger, Alex Boyd and Hassan Santur.


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