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Posted: October 09, 2015

Too much? Neighbors say Halloween display crosses line

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PARMA, Ohio —

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An Ohio community says a Halloween display is too much, and despite it being the season of chills and things that go bump in the night, kids are getting scared.

Now neighbors want the display removed, WOIO reported.

"You take a double take because it is a very realistic display. Almost horrified that somebody would think that it's OK to put it that close to an elementary school," said Jackie Anselmo, the mother of a little girl who attends the school. 

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The display is less than a block from Dentzler Elementary School.

Anselmo's daughter told her mother that she thought the bodies were real.

She and other neighbors went to city officials, petitioning them to order the removal.

Parma officials said they can't because it is freedom of expression.

"We don't want to scare kids. We just want to do the Halloween fun of it and, but, definitely no ill intent, no," homeowner Vicki Barrett told WOIO.

The homeowners, who are parents to a 2-year-old and a special needs teenager, said if they knew it was scaring kids as they left school they would cut down on the display.

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