Rather than decorating her lawn with characters you might see in a horror movie, a Detroit grandmother has decided to take a different approach to her lawn decorations this year. Larethia Haddon decided to make a statement by illustrating real-life horrors like the Flint water crisis, police shootings and terrorism.

According to Michigan Live, Haddon had her grandchildren help her with the display, partially inspired by their own fears. She created the real-life horrors after her grandchildren said, “We’re not afraid of monsters or the boogeyman. We’re afraid of what’s going on in the world right now.”

The display in Detroit’s west side Bagley neighborhood includes six dummies, portraying senseless killings with signs reading, “Carjacked,” “My Hands Were Up,” “I See You Kids,” “Stop Killing Our Children” and “Book Bag Bomb Why,” representing the horrors of police shootings, the Flint water crisis, child predators, terrorism and more.

Last year, Haddon had one dummy lying face down on her lawn, drawing emergency services more than once for fear that it was a real dead body. This year, rather than going for shock value, Haddon hoped to make a statement, raise awareness for issues in Michigan cities and spark thoughtful conversation on the very real horrors going on every day.

“We’re trying to do something positive instead of just having a dead body laying in the yard,” Haddon told Michigan Live. “Want to get people to be a little more focused on the issues, what’s going on in the world. We need to stick together more. We need to come together. And if we don’t, this scene in my yard is going to be reality every single day.”

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Source: Michigan Live