Parents May Have to Pay $132,000 After Child Caught On Tape Knocking Down Statue

Playing Kansas Parents May Have to Pay $132,000 After Child Damages Public Statue

Parents in Kansas may have to pay up $132,000 after their child was caught on tape knocking over an art statue at a community center. 

In a video of the moment, two children play around with the sculpture before one of the kids hugs the sculpture and it falls to the floor.

The children’s parents were reportedly in another room at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, attending a wedding reception when the incident happened on May 18.

“We are not billing the family. It’s our insurance company reaching out to their insurance company,” Sean Reilly, a spokesperson for the community center, told InsideEdition.com.

The art was being loaned to the center and the $132,000 is to pay for the total cost of the piece.

The child’s mom, Sarah Goodman, told ABC15 she received a letter from the center's insurance company saying they owed the money because they were “negligent for not monitoring their children.”

“My children are well supervised but all people get distracted,” Goodman said.

Reilly told InsideEdition, however, that the boys in the video “were running around for quite some time.”

Goodman also argued there was nothing to protect the statue while Reilly said the statue was secure.

“It’s not designed to be climbed upon,” Reilly said.

Goodman told ABC15 she has reached out to her homeowner’s insurance for assistance with the matter, but they believe the damage fee of “$132,000 is completely astronomincal.”

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