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Please be cautious around school
Special to The News-Courier—
MUNDAY—Over the last couple of years, Munday Elementary School Principal Kristi Bufkin has worried about student safety during after school pickup.
“If parents will just all come through the line, we will be finished in 10 minutes” she has been heard saying. As it is now, many parents ignore the letters and the maps and now it nearly caused a child to be injured by a driver.
“I just cringe every time I see a parent park across the street and expect their child to come to the vehicle.” Supt. Troy Parton said. “Drivers do not pay attention to the crosswalks. The safest way is for the parent to get in line and allow the school personnel get them to your vehicle.”
“We have a very well-planned pickup procedure in place,” Bufkin added. “If we can get people to follow it, incidents like what happened on Thursday March 5th will not happen.”
What did happen?
Parton indicated that a parent of an elementary student was travelling eastbound on Highway 222 (Main Street) just across from the elementary school. A group of six children entered the crosswalk with a teacher on duty in the center median of the crosswalk. One of the younger children took off running and was grabbed by the teacher as the car raced by and was nearly hit by a driver travelling eastbound.
“We just want to remind parents that as weather warms more children will be riding bikes and walking home, please be cautious around the campus, and on the way home,“ added Parton.