Mum faces backlash for letting kids swim in pool where neighbour’s child drowned


A mum has faced backlash in the local community after letting her kids swim in a pool where a neighbour’s child had drowned.

The woman and her family had been looking for a house when they found the ideal home, complete with swimming pool, within their budget.

They then discovered the reason for the discount price – a neighbour’s child had drowned in the pool during a party, leaving the local community devastated.

But the mother decided she could look past the terrible incident and the family moved in, and soon after they refilled the pool.

Then, when the weather was fitting, she let her kids play in the pool – and soon received a slew of complaints from her neighbours.

Mother and child in a swimming pool
The mother decided she could look past the terrible incident (stock image)

The mum said: “So when my husband and I were looking at houses we found this great one with a pool in the backyard.

“Normally it would have been out of our price range, but this one was a great deal.

“The reason why was because one of the neighbour’s children had drowned in the pool last summer.

“I know it’s really morbid, but my husband and I discussed it and we decided we could look past it. I mean we could never otherwise afford anything like it.

“It was big enough that all our kids could finally have their own bedrooms.

“When we had moved in the pool was empty and we didn’t see the point in filling it since at the time it was too cold out to go swimming anyway.

People in a swimming pool
The family found a post about them online

“Since it’s getting hot out now we decided to finally fill it last week. Our kids had a great time swimming and were having fun laughing and playing games.

“Later though husband was confronted by our neighbour, the one whose kid died, saying that the sounds of kids playing in the pool was traumatising to his family and that we were horrible for letting our kids play in that pool after what happened.

“Since then we’ve learned from an online post that several other people in the neighbourhood similarly feel that we are being insensitive by letting out kids play in the pool.

“Many of them thinking that the right thing to do would have been to get rid of the pool or fill it up.

“Even considering it all though we don’t want to get rid of our pool. We never had a pool before, but now we’re really enjoying it and our kids do too.”

The mother shared her situation on Reddit and was inundated with advice and opinions, with over 2,000 comments.

Most agreed with her, with one person commenting: “You can’t change what happened before you moved in.”

Another added: “It is extremely expensive to remove/fill in a pool that is below ground. If they didn’t have the money to put the pool in, they definitely don’t have the money to take it out.

“If the community is so traumatised by it then they can scoop together the tens of thousands of dollars to make themselves feel better. And that would be assuming that [you] actually wanted to not have the pool in the first place.”

Another said: “The neighbours have the right to move. I’d in fact encourage it for their own mental health. Having that reminder next door would be terrible.”