Come, here the noise

24th April 2009 at 01:00

Living next to a school is never going to mean a quiet life. But an American elementary school is shortly to find itself in court as a local man continues his crusade against noise levels.

In response to constant pressure from Butch Armstrong, Olympia Elementary School in Universal City, Texas, has already built a seven-foot-high fence between Mr Armstrong's house and the schoolyard, and has dismantled its external loudspeaker system. It has even put insulated backing on its basketball hoops as, in the words of principal Terri LeBleu, Mr Armstrong "doesn't like hearing the basketball hit".

Other residents of Ulysses, the street at the school's rear, agree that a particularly boisterous sports day in late March caused a bit of disturbance, but Mr Armstrong has apparently been resourceful in finding new axes to grind since then.

His latest problem is the noise from parents arriving by car to drop off their children in the morning. At the end of March he finally obtained a court summons against the school.

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