Sign by cemetery causes controversy with son's parents

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Drug Signs Near Cemetery Cause Controvesy

STOUGHTON, Mass. — A resident is facing some backlash because of a sign asking people to not throw syringes in her backyard.

Barbara Simpson runs a daycare and one day, she found a syringe in her backyard. "I have two little five years olds, they love to play, they love to collect things in the woods," she said.

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So Simpson put up a sign asking people not to throw bottles or needles on her property, but the problem is the signs sit just feet away from the grave of Evan Greene, who overdosed on heroin in 2014, at Evergreen Cemetery.

The parents of Greene don't want to look at that sign when they visit their son's grave.

Simpson says she isn't targeting the Greene family, telling us her son's best friend, who's buried right next to Evan, also died of a drug overdose.

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"I still feel like I have to have something posted here to make it known that I have children that play here."

The parents of Greene hope the hand-made signs come down and want the cemetery to post a warning, which Simpson agrees with.

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