The homeless epidemic is so bad in Boston that parents are finding feces, used condoms and syringes at their kids’ elementary school. 

Neighbors living near the McKinley School in the heart of Boston’s South End have been asked to be on the lookout for makeshift homeless camps on school grounds. Human feces, syringes, pipes and used condoms are just some of what’s recently been found in the school’s parking lot and garden.

Parents, staff and people living in the area call it, “a serious safety concern.”

Neighbors tell Boston 25 News that they’ve been noticing an increase in the number of homeless people hunkering down on school property after sundown.

One resident told Boston 25 News “That’s the kind of stuff you’d expect in San Francisco or Seattle, but I’m guessing this is all over in every larger city.”


More from Boston25:

  • In the school’s garden it didn’t take one of our crews long to find trash, condoms and other waste. It noticeably got worse as they walked through the school’s parking lot.
  • While the folks who sleep there are usually gone before kids arrive, the litter doesn’t always leave with them.
  • “You don’t want fecal matter in a schoolyard,” said Jon Paul Prunier, a Boston resident. “They seem to be spreading out in our neighborhood a lot more, the school here, the park there, it’s startling.”
  • Empty liquor bottles, needle caps and empty food containers are just some of what our crew saw as they walked around school property.



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