The man and his fence received significant backlash from parents.

On Tuesday, September 4, the first day of school, a Henrico County resident removed a controversial structure that he'd erected that same morning.

It was an electric fence around his lawn, which, the man stated, was a preemptive measure to protect his property from kids waiting at the bus stop.

The man, whose name is Bryan, said he was sick and tired of the neighborhood children's behavior. 

"They don't respect other peoples' land," Bryan said. "I pick up trash every day."

Since he lives directly next to a bus stop, he had put up "No Trespassing" signs years ago, he said, but to no avail. So this year, as a last resort, he decided to take his defenses next-level -- with an electric fence.

"Nothing stops people," he said.

(Courtesy of Shelby Brown)

Bryan said he removed the fence later that same day -- not from concern for neighborhood children, but upon the realization that he had actually erected it on county property instead of his own.

"I went ahead and moved it today because it was not in the right place," the man told Richmond's WTVR-6 News

Parents and neighborhood residents, however, were not so pleased.

"I understand his concern," neighbor James Mehfoud said. "I just don't think he understood the neighbors' concern about their kids. One of them could touch it, fall into it, and get shocked."

Bryan, however, was undeterred, promising that if the problem did not cease, he would consider erecting another fence.

Do you think students are to blame and Bryan's concerns are justified, or do you agree with parents' concerns? Let us know in the comments below!

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