PALMETTO, Fla. - It's generally a rule when a student lives within two miles from school, they either walk or have to be taken by a parent.
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And for some students, the last couple of thousand feet are actually the most dangerous part of their day.
That’s especially true for students at Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto.
"I don't want to be reactive to a situation. I want to be proactive,” said Kevin Jackson, a teacher’s assistant at the school. “The thing I would hate is to hear about a kid getting killed trying to cross the street."
The dangerous trek repeats itself with many kids, twice a day, five days a week.
Jackson said it's only a matter of time before a child gets hurt.
"I sent an email to the entire faculty, including administration,” he said. “This email was days ago, last week, I'm not sure the right date. But from that point of the email up until today, I never got a response."
It is 2,045 feet from 10th Street to the school. The rules say it’s too close for the county to transport.
From the state's perspective there is a protected crosswalk nearby, but it’s not always used.
"We just have to create a safer opportunity for the students that live in this community to get to school,” Jackson said.
Real Time Traffic Expert Chuck Henson got an email from the county school transportation department saying, as early as this week, they were going to add a bus stop at the entrance to a nearby mobile home community.
They recognize the danger and will now pick those kids up for a safer route to school