'Bat Woman' caused a stir by climbing water tower
Posted By Andrea Nicholl From The Barrie Examiner
Posted 10 mins ago
A woman dressed as "Bat Woman" who spread her wings and awareness from the top of a Cookstown water tower to promote parental alienation awareness day says she did it to help children.Paulette MacDonald scaled the tower, outside of the Cookstown Outlet Mall, before 5 a.m. Saturday, but went unnoticed until 11:30 a.m. The 49-year-old Alliston woman said she had to call to mall patrons below to get the attention of mall security. "When he looked up at me perched up in the tower his chin hit the ground," MacDonald said, adding that police and firefighters arrived shortly afterwards. "It was the first time that I'd done something like that. I was very scared, but I was more scared for what would happen to the future of our children." MacDonald wore a black spandex suit and yellow mask as she stood on the tower, hanging a banner promoting PA awareness day. April 25 marks the day that draws attention to children who are used as bargaining tools, and caught in the middle of divorces and custody battles. "I'm trying to educate all the people who are involved with our children. They need to be aware of this and recognize this as a form of emotional child abuse," MacDonald said. "My whole message on Saturday was that love is for everyone. All children have the right to be loved, and to love both parents."
She began her campaign in fall 2007, after her own fight for custody over her two step-children.