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“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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  • i Live right behind the school and around 4 P.M. it’s a total mad house around that area. People parking their cars all over the place on peoples property. They decide to make a sidewalk that goes down the length of jason and go figure…. Now all the idiots park on the sidewalk and im forced to weave through cars with my son. If you people only knew what i wanted to do to you.

    Friday, 8 May 2015, 11:42 am
  • Unfortunately, we have the same problem at J.D. Floyd and we do not have extra crossing guards. We only have the 2. We have the same problems with the parents picking uo on sides of roads. The admin. is out there having to do traffic do to not getting a crossing guard!

    Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 9:59 am
  • Gotcha, However, parents following rules or not following rules, a crossing guard was still needed there. The first intersection outside of a school exit has one at every other school in the world. Was dumb that they didn’t.

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 6:49 pm
  • Totally can see where you would think I was upset or reponding to “beebs” after re-readin my post. But I was just venting from article. 🙂

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:50 am
  • Didn’t comment on Beebs, commented for all the parents that do not want to wait in line for their children. The problem is the parents that are parking in “peoples lawns” and along the sides of roads, which makes for parents that are going through the lines as well as the walkers, a dangerous place! Mad due to my tax dollars having to pay for our officers and more cross gaurds having to be there instead of others places just because some people do not want to follow simple rules (even the drivers that don’t have children just passing through speeding) Going based on the article and what people are complaining of.

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 11:46 am
  • The rear entrance to the school is for K-2 drop off and pick up, or students with a sibling in those grades. The crossing guard was much needed, people do not pay attention when all of those kids are trying to cross the street. I don’t see how the crossing guard will help keep all of the people from parking on the side of the road instead of waiting in line like everyone else. It’s very difficult to get down Jason Rd. because of the cars lined up and down the rd. I’m glad they finally put the crossing guard though. *sigh*

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 7:06 pm
  • And for children of elementary ages you actually go to the back of the school, not the front. Their loop is back there.

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 6:58 pm
  • Rae,

    Your comment makes no sense, on so many levels.

    A security guard wasn’t added for parents that break the rules. It was added precisely to improve the safety of walking children, at a busy and narrow intersection. Why are you mad?

    When did Beebs say he was picking up his kids there? When did Beebs even say that he has kids that go there?

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 6:56 pm
  • It was a horrible place to build a school to begin with

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 3:23 pm
  • It’s about friggin time. My son went there last year and it was a major hazard then. I can’t believe it’s taking this long to do something. The children’s safety should be top priority.

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:04 pm
  • Then don’t, go to the front of the school like most parents should!! OPicking up a child around the corner, on a side road should be restricted!! Go sit in line with the parents (that follow the rules) and we won’t have to pay for another crossing guard on a street for WALKERS ONLY!

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 12:20 pm
  • It’s about damned time they did. I hate going down there during arrival and dismissal times. The area was laid out all wrong when the school was opened

    Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:57 am

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