“Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease” Crossing Guard Added to Explorer K8
SPRING HILL – Parents and neighboring residents in the area of Jason Road and Tillery Road are in an uproar, over what they say is the County’s lack of concern for the safety of children who traverse that intersection each day.
An access gate at the west end of Tillery Road allows children to enter and exit Explorer K8 at the beginning and end of the school day. During that time, dozens of cars line the roadway, creating hazards for pedestrians and causing damage to resident’s lawns.
Danea Cacheiro says she fears for the safety of the children, because the intersection is not a designated school zone and does not have a crossing guard. “My daughter was almost hit, along with two others… The car never even stopped to make sure if they were ok,” says Cacheiro.
During one incident, deputies were called to the area after a dispute led to a physical altercation, says Cacherio, “…they (Deputies) couldn’t believe the madness – they started crossing our children and telling us to keep fighting because this was crazy.”
Jerry Tucker lives on the northeast corner of the intersection and he says “Something needs to be done or someone is going to get killed.” Tucker says he’s already witnessed one little girl get hit by a car, but that she wasn’t seriously hurt and actually walked away from the incident.
During my interview with Tucker, a woman stopped her car and said “A little girl’s foot was just run over.” According to the witness, the little girl was on a sidewalk at the southeast corner of Jason Road, where one of the cars parked on the pathway ran over her foot.
We contacted School Board Spokesperson Eric Williams who said “The Superintendent has authorized hiring an additional school crossing guard,” but according to Williams, the official start date is yet to be determined. Williams added, “The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has assigned patrols to assist in protecting our students as they travel to and from Explorer K-8.”
We contacted Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Denise Moloney regarding the situation, who said she would look into the matter.
UPDATE: This morning we received a statement from Moloney, advising that a crossing guard had been assigned to the intersection, effective today.
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