Mom Wants Trained Crossing Guards After Son Hit By Car

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A metro mom wants a local school to do more to protect kids after her son was run over by a car. But she says no one is listening, even though the school may have been partially responsible for the accident.

Her son, Landon was run over by a car in front of Howe Elementary School last February while crossing the street. His ankle and leg were crushed.

According to the police report, a student teacher who had been helping get the kids across Southeast Seventh Street signaled the driver of the jeep that ran over Landon that it was OK to go, even though it wasn't.

No one at the school would talk with Channel 13.

A spokesman for the district says the student teacher is no longer with the school and was never an employee. He wasn't sure what, if any safety training the student teacher received before helping kids cross the street.

Mrs. Wheeler says there is no training. "There's no safety patrol. Anything out there," she said. "Nobody has been trained. They don't wear safety vests. They got a stop sign because when Landon got ran over, three days after Landon got ran over we got a stop sign. But they've not been trained to stand out there and say stop, make sure everybody stops."

Mrs. Wheeler tells us the school told her to put together a petition and present it to the city if she wants changes made. She says she would rather the school provided a trained crossing guard to help get the kids across the street safely.


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